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Historical Sketch 

Michael Keinadt 


Margaret Diller, 

His Wife. 


History aod. Genealogy 

of their rnjimeroi_is posterity in 

the American States, 

up to the year 


Prepared by a Committee Appointed for that 

purpose by the 

"Michael Koiner Memorial Association," 

Organized March 28th, 1892, at Staunton, Va. 


Stoneburner & Prufer, Publishers, 



BD6. No. 6 ? 7 I '09 


fcSTOR, LENOX )"'■' 

Table of Contents. 

Introduction , 2-3 

The Life of Michael Keinadt — Europe, 5 

Charles Eugene, William Penn, <> 

Asylum for the oppressed — America , 7 

^ The Koiner family in Europe, <S 

Michael Keinadt — Wurtemburg , 8 

Conrad and Michael Koiner — The career of the latter, 9-1 1 

The Diller side of the Union,.. 12-14 

^ The Koiner side resumed, 1.^ 

^ Virginia , removal to , &c . , 10 

His will , 17 

^ InPersonM. Keinadt — His Religious character 18-19 

^ -The Koiner Name, 20 

^<t The Old Church, 21-22 

Margaret Koiner, nee Diller, 23 

New Monument, 24 


First Grand Division — George Adam , 25 

The John B. branch of George Adam 25-26 

The George branch of George Adam, 27 

The Catherine, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Jane branch- 
es of George Adam , 28 

The Mary branch of George Adam, 29-31 

Second Grand Division — Conrad, 32 

The John branch of Conrad, 33-34 

(Decendants of John Kyner, page 34, Daniel, 
Andrew, Kate, Maria, and Elizabeth, reported late, 
> see supplement page 149.) 

The George branch of Conrad 35-36 

The Philip and Jacob branches of Conrad, 37 

VA. The Michael branch of Conrad, 38-39 

. -X^ The Casper branch of Conrad, 40-44 

The Elizabeth branch of Conrad, 45 



Third Grand Division — George Michael, 45-46 

The George branch of George Michael, 47-50 

The Elizabeth and Catherine branches of Geo. Michael, 51 

The Susan and Marj' branches of George Micha^,... 52 

The Isabella branch of George Michael , .53 

The Cynthia A. branch of George Michael, 54 

The David D. and Rebecca branches of ^Geo. Michael, 55-56 

The Michael A. branch of George Michael, 57 

Fourth Grand Division — Elizabeth, 58 

The Catherine and Geo. Adam branches of Elizabeth, 58 
The Elizabeth, Jacob, John, Christian, Rebecca, and 

Jonathan branches of Elizabeth , 59 

The Samuel, Jesse, and Elijah branches of Elizabeth, 60 

Fifth Grand Division — Mary, 61 

Sixth Grand Division— Casper, 62-65 

The Jacob branch of Casper, 66-77 

The Michael branch of Casper, .■.. 78-79 

The John branch of Casper, 80-82 

The Philip branch of Casper, 83 

The David branch of Casper, 84-85 

The Mary and Samuel branches of Casper, 86 

The Martin branch of Casper, 87 

The Susan branch of Casper, 88-90 

The Simon branch of Casper, 91-92 

The Benjamin branch of Casper, 93-94 

Seventh Grand Division — Catharine, 95 

The John and Jacob branches of Catharine, 96 

(For decendants of John, see supplement page 150.) 

The Christian branch of Catharine, 97 

The Franklin, David. George, Henry, Margaret, and 

Elizabeth branches of Catharine, 98 

The Susan, Margaret, and Rachel branches of 

Catharine, 99 

The Joseph branch of Catharine, lQO-101 

Eiohth Grand Division — John 102 

The Margaret. Elizabeth. Sarah, Susan, and 

Hannah branches of John, 103 

The Julia A., Jemima, Rebecca, and Christian 

branches of John - 104-105 

The David branch of John, 106-107 


Ninth Grand Division — Martin, 108-110 

The John branch of Martm, 111-112 

The Robert branch of Martin, 118-114 

The Archibald branch of Martin 115 

The Margaret D. branch of Martin, llfi 

The J. Burgess branch of Martin, 117 

The Sarah B. branch of Martin, 118 

The Martin L. branch of Martin, 119 

The David H. branch of Martin, 120-121 

The Addison H. branch of Martin, 122-128 

Tenth Grand Division — Jacob, 129 

The Michael branch of Jacob, 130-132 

The Diller name — paragraph eight , 131 

The George and John D. branches of Jacob, 133 

The Rosa branch of Jacob, 134 

The Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, Fannie, Sarah, and 

Susanna branches of Jacob 135 

Eleventh Grand Division — Christian 136 

The Joseph, Nancy E., Jacob, Margaret, and 

Catherine branches of Christian 137 

The Michael, and Robert branches of Christian, 138-139 

The David E., Mary B., and Jane L. branches of 

Christian 140 

Twelfth Grand Division — Philip, 141 

The Philip, Jr. and Virginia branches of Philip, Sr., 142 

The Solomon branch oi Philip, Sr., 143-145 

The Catherine and Elizabeth branches of Philip, Sr. 146 

The Joseph and Annie branches of Philip, Sr., 147 

The John, David, and Mary M. branches of 

Philip, Sr., 148 

Supplement, 149-150 

Correspondence , 151-155 

Reunion proceedings, 156-165 

Poem, 166-171 


On page 10, read "sacred lore" instead of "sacred love." 

The statement on page 17 that "tradition favors" &c., is a mistake. 

On page 2;^ read ''erosion" for "corrosion." 

George A. Koiner's issue should read ''Georgia" not "George A" page 28. 

Page 36, 3rd line from bottom, read "youngest two" not "two youngest." 

Annie Kyner, daughter of George, is of the Fourth generation. Page 37. 

On page 44, first line, read "son of Casper," not "daughter of Casper." 

The caption on page 47 should be "George Michael." 

Among the children of Dr. J. P. Killian, on page 49, read "Mary and 

Emia," instead of "Mary Erma. " 

On page 52, next to last paragraph, read "Luther S. H. Koiner," for 

"Luther L. H. Koiner." 

On page 66, ninth paragraph, read "Simon " not "Simeon." 

On page 75, last paragraph, read "Canvass 1856 " instead of "I860." 

On second line of fifth paragraph, page 82, read "Celsus Coiner, son of 

Simon, Senior," for "son Simeon, deceased." 

On page 84, second paragraph for "Paulina Rudaeil," read " Rudacil." 

On last line of page 84, read "Azude" for "Awd." 

On page 8.5, read "curve in the line of battle," for "cnrve." 

On page 89, read "April .9, 1865." for "April 8, 1865." 

Read "Devoted to the church," on page 90, for "Devoted church." 

On page 90, fifth line from bottom, read "Samuel Godfrey," as one 

name — omitting the comma. 

Read "is reported" for "reported is," on page 92, fifth paragraph. 
On page 121, first paragraph, read "Miss Frances" for "Miss Francis." 
Read "■where" for "when" on page 124, third line. 
On pnt'O 152. List jiamirraph, "to" is omitted, read "going to the forest." 


The Progenitors, Mic^iael Keinadt and Margaret, his wife, 
are denominated the First Generation of the family. 

Their children are reckoned the Second Generation and de- 
nominated "Grand Divisions." 

Each of the children of the latter are denominated a "Branch" 
of the Division. The head of each Branch has its descendants 
following in close connection with the parents. The figure in 
front of each of their descendants indicates the Generation to 
which they severally belong. A return is made to the next 
succeeding member of the same generation and the same course 
is pursued as with the former. Where there are no figures at- 
tached to the names of children their generation is of the next 
higher figure of course. 


On account of the wonderful increase and spread of the 
decendants of Michael Keinadt over a majority of the American 
States, it has been contemplated, for some 3^ears, to rescue from 
oblivion the history of this earl}' American pioneer and a gene- 
alogy- of his posterity as a tribute of affection, and a contribution 
to the history in which he participated. 

Pursuant to notice a portion of his descendants convened, on 
March 28th, 1892, at Staunton, Virginia, to consider of the erec- 
tion of a new monument to his memory ; the publication of a his- 
tory and genealogy of his family ; a reunion of the same with 
^-.uitable addresses on the occasion and the formation of a Memo- 
rial Association. All of this it was decided to do. 

A Board of Directors of the Association was appointed, con- 
sisting of George W., Elijah. Marion, C. Benton, George A., 
Arthur Z. and L. Philip Koiner, with plenarj- powers to execute 
the plans of the Association. 

There was also appointed a committee composed of Absalom 
Koiner, Arthur Z. Koiner and Edgar T. Koiner to prepare a His- 
tory and Genealogy of the family for publication. This involved 
tedious work in discovering the early history of the progenitors, 
and bringing together the widely dispersed families of the paternal 
and maternal blood; many of whom are total strangers to each 
other and the work contemplated To some we are much indebt- 
ed for prompt and valuable information ; others failed to appre- 
ciate the difficulties of the undertaking, w-hich may cause un- 
avoidable omissions on our part, which are to be regretted. The 
writer and the family are under especial obligations to Mr. Edgar 
T. Koiner for his intelligent zeal and untiring industry in bring- 
ing to the front much information. 

Our effort has been to adhere to tlie most reliable sources 
without exaggeration, or fulsome eulogy. Doubtless, some mis- 
takes have been made; but the effort has been, to test the stories 
r>r tradition by settled facts and not to attempt to force an ex- 
planation of irreconcilable data. 


On account of the variety of spelling of the family name, 
we have endeavored to conform to the spelling furnished by the 
records and writings on cotemporaneous events and the i)ractice 
of the families. The spelling of the progenitor — Keinadt — was 
used by some as late as l.S"J7. See the Records of Koiner's 
Church — Trinity. Changes were commenced in Pennsylvania as 
early as 17 To, as shown by deeds recorded at Carlisle, Penn. 

The work was more difficult and extended than anticipated. 
It has been delayed, awaiting the responses of the numerous fami- 
lies ; some of whom have not yet reported. We regret the neces- 
sity of closing this work without them, and would respectfully 
recommend to all, very great care in the preservation of their 
family records, and to show on their faces, distinctly, to which 
Grand Division of the family they belong ; that future genera- 
tions may be enabled to trace their connection with the great An- 
cestors. It is equally important, that the more permanent Rec- 
ords of the Churches should be filled and secured; for it is to 
them, in Europe and America, that we are indebted for reliable 
data, from which we have made many of our reckonings and tested 
the traditions. We have given prominence to educational at- 
tainments, because it is on the line of intellectual and social ad 
vancement and extended usefulness. Doubtless, we have passed 
over many, whom we would gladly have mentioned, in want of 
information. The writer probably has made mistakes and erred 
in his judgment ; there were many diiificult questions to deter- 
mine, for which he is individually responsible. His colleagues 
on the committee, were widely dispersed, and their engagements 
were such as to preclude their participation in the preparation" of 
the work. And it is with deep sorrow, that the writer records 
the death of his distinguished colleague, Dr. Arthur Zirkle Koi- 
ner, before he saw the publication of a work in which he felt 
much interest, and to which his Euopean researches contribute 
most important information. 

April, 1893. ' ' Fishersville, Augusta Co., Va. 

T he r^ i f e 


Michael Keinacit 

IT is difficult to discover the footprints of a man who has 
trodden the path of private life, after the lapse of more 
than a Century. Yet in compliance with the request of an assem- 
blage of a portion of the decendants of Michael Keinadt and his 
wife Margaret, on March 28th, 1892, at Staunton, Virginia, we 
shall endeavor, b\' the aid of tradition, the memory of the living, 
and recorded facts, to give a reliable, brief outline of the career 
of this man of expanding importance and influence in the 
development of our great country and its institutions, from its 
early history to the present day. 

The world is composed of persons whose individual qualities 
of head, heart and actions determine their relative value in con- 
stituting society and shaping the affairs of men. This thought 
must be kept prominently in view to discover the great motive 
power which transformed a wilderness continent into a land of 
superabundance and luxur}'; a sparse and heterogeneous popula- 
tion of 2,000,000 into an educated and cultivated nation of 

The rapid transformation, which has taken place, physically, 
mentally and morally, is almost beyond description, or compre- 
hension and appreciation by those who are now coming on the 
stage of action. 


That old war-scarred and blood-stained continent had been 
long the theatre of pride, jealousies, strifes and carnage, to satiate 
the ambition of misguided. rulers, who gloried in the number and 
splendor of their armies, regarding them as their personal prop- 

6 koin?:r history. 

erty, withdrawing the men from the vocations for which their 
Creator had fitted them, and imposing burdens on the weaker sex 
for which they were not designed. Centralization of powers 
enabled injustice and oppression to reign supreme. 

Charles Eugene, 

Duke of Wurtemburg, from 1731 to 1793, became of age in 1744, 
and reigned during Michael's time. He was gifted but vicious, 
and soon fell into the hands of unworthy favorites. His whole 
reign was disturbed by dissensions between the ruler and the 
ruled. The intervention of foreign powers (Prussia and England) 
was sought in vain by the unhappy people. 

Near the close of the reign of Emperor Charles the Sixth of 
Austria, when his army was in bad condition, his finances embar- 
rassed, and at the time of his death, a scarcity almost approach- 
ing a famine prevailed in many parts of his dominions, and im- 
mediately before the accession of Maria Theresa to his throne, 
there was a short repose and relaxation of military rigor. Though 
Europe had been kept in turmoil and distress by its rulers, there 
were minds of a different type, disgusted and shocked by the suf- 
ferings of the people and the burdens they were compelled to bear; 
which rose gradually to a more elevated line of thought, leading 
Copernicus to discover the true theory of the heavenly bodies, 
which was afterwards perfected by Newton and sustained by 
Kepler's theory of their orbits. Galileo, with his improved tele- 
scope still pointed upward and onward to further conquests in the 
skies. Columbus had already discovered the "New World," 
which produced a great sensation among the maritime powers and 
and efforts were made to appropriate its territory, which excited 
their cupidity and rivalr}-. The Reformation of the Sixteenth 
Century produced a great awakening and a general breaking loose 
of the old fetters which held the mind and body in slavery to 
superstition and tyranny. Liberty of thought and investigation 
began to be exercised with some impunity. 

William Pcnn. 

The (Quakers developed in England, toning down the asper- 
ities of the government and social customs; setting up the kindlier 
promptings of conscience in the fear of God; producing a new 


dispensation of peace and good will among men and governments. 
"George Fox, Robert Barclay, William Penn, and others, em- 
barked for Holland to evangelize the continent of Europe. Bar- 
clay and Penn went to and fro in Germany, from the Weser to the 
Mayne ; the Rhine to the Neckar, distributing tracts, disscussing 
with men of every sect and every rank," probably reaching 
the southern border of Wurtemburg. In consideration of the 
services of his distinguished father, Admiral Penn, hisson William 
obtained the grant and charter for Pennsylvania, under the great 
Seal of England, in l()8i. In the following year, William Penn 
sailed for America and landed at Newcastle on the Deleware. He 
made a treaty with the Indians, establishing relations of friend- 
ship and intercourse; lived in peace and safety with them, enjoy- 
ing their confidence and respect. In 1683 he laid out Philadel- 
phia, which then contained only 3 or 4 hovises; one year after, 
there were 600. In three years Philadelphia had improved more 
than New York had done in a half century. Penn returned to 
England leaving 8,000 souls prospering. 

Ksylum for the Oppressed. 

Gustavus Adolphus and Oxenstiern, his successor, contem- 
plated the establishment of an Asylum for the persecuted Protes- 
tants of Europe. "On the banks of the Rhine it was whispered, 
the plans of Adolphus and Oxenstiern were consummated." 


Although the discovery of the New World attracted much, 
attention at the time, there was a relapse into neglect for manj^ 
years, by reason of the exciting times in Europe. Exhausted and 
impoverished, the maritime powers renewed their efforts to build 
up their colonies and profit by their products and an exchange of 
manufactures for the same. 

The seeds which Penn and Barcla}^ had sown years before, 
were springing up to a rich harvest in Germany. The wise and 
peaceful policy of Penn, in Pennsylvania commended itself to 
immigrants who were tired of persecution, war and taxation at 
home; therefore they sought America to secure toleration, peace 
and safety under a liberal and free government. 


The Koiner Family in Europe. 

In the records which the Pastor of the State Church exhib- 
ited at Winterlingen, Wurtemburg, to Dr. A. Z. Koiner, in 1877, 
the Koiner name was traced back to the Ref ormatian . A Jacob 
Kainath was discovered in the 15th Century. A Michael Kainoth, 
born in 1()50, was found. A Jacob Kainath, supposed to be his 
son, was married to Anna Maria, November 7th, 1708. The fol- 
lowing were found, supposed to be sons of the latter; to-wit : 
Jacob Kainath, born August 28th, 1709 — died September 15th, 
1772; Johanes Kainath, born February 2nd, 1714 — died August 
18th, 1781; Michael Kainath, born January 29th, 1720. The 
last named is supposed to be the one who emigrated to America. 

There is an omission here which produces an obscurity in not 
finding the name of Conrad Keinath, born about 1682, the father 
of Michael, the American progenitor, born January 29th, 1720. 
In the record of his marriage at New Holland, Lancaster County, 
Pennsylvania, Michael reported himself the son of Conrad; he 
named his second son Conrad, and the last family letter from 
Winterlingen was signed with others, by the nervous hand of the 
venerable Conrad, then 87 years of age. In that letter he is re- 
ported to have, (including the 8 American children of Michael) 
57 grand-children and 24 great-grand-children. The Koiner fam- 
ily in Europe was large. Tradition reports them as having served 
in the Thirty Years' War on the Protestant side with Gustavus 
Adolphus. (See Correspondence, Dr. A. Z. K.) 

IVSichael Kcinadt, 

The son of Conrad, born the 29th of January, 1720, in the town 
of Winterlingen, Kingdom of Wurtemburg, Europe, the subject 
of our narrative, now enters the arena arid claims more particular 
attention. He had brothers, Casper, Martin, and others, and .sis-" 
ters, Margaret, and Elizabeth; the latter was a sweet singer and 
possessed fine talent for music. 


A member ot the German Empire, is nearly as large as the  
State of Massachusetts. It is divided into general divisions, or 
"circles" of the Neckar. Black Forest, Jagst and Danube. It 
is the land of many distinguished men who need no introduction 


to the learned world. We give space to only a few: In Poetry, 
Schiller, Kerner and others: Theology, CEcolampadeus, Brent/, 
Bengal and others : Science, Kepler, Steifel, and others: Botany, 
Gartner, and others: Chemistry, Chonburg, and others^: Sculp- 
ture, Donnecker, and others. Her learned men fill important 
stations in America. In the Lutheran field. Rev. \V. J. Mann, 
D.D.,L.L. D. ; Rev. A. Spath, D. D., L. L. D., and others. 

Schools. — Every child between and 14 years must attend 
school and learn, not only books, but now, the elements of some 
handicraft. A district containing .'{() families constitute a school, 
with a teacher for every 90 pupils. There are 4 Protestant Theo- 
logical Seminaries, several Universities — that of Tubingen has 
41 ordinary, 9 extraordinary Protessors, and 19 Tutors. About 
two-thirds of the population are Protestants, (chiefly Lutherans,) 
and the rest Catholics. Wurtemburg is now governed by a King 
and Parliament. They send several members to the German 
Congress. Winterlingen is a town in the county of Sigmaringen; 
the Southern border of the country , which is here divided by 
Zollerburg, a ridge of the Alps. Near by is the Castle of the 
Princely family of the Hoenzollern; now the most distinguished 
in all Europe. Winterlingen, though a small town, has very 
distinguished neighbors. 

Conrad Keinadt, the father of Michael, was a man of good 
parts ; reared his family in the way in which they should go, 
according to the Lvitheran faith, impressing the necessity of indus- 
try, economy and fidelity to every trust ; "to do justly, love 
mercy and walk humbly with their God." Modern travelers bear 
testimony to the good name of his descendants at the present time, 
in Winterlingen. Their occupation, in part, it is believed was 
that of artisans — workers in iron; for in recent years, one of the 
name was awarded the prize for the best lock, at the Fair of 

Michael had grown to manhood and it became necessary to 
determine his course in life. He had probabh^ heard of the mis- 
sionary tours of Penn and Barclay through Germany and read 
their publications ; heard the glowing accounts of America, as 
the asylum for the oppressed ; the vast field for enterprise and 
success. Moreover, the revival of interest in their colonies, by 
Holland and England, with the increased trade and profits in the 
exchange of products, were calculated to set his imagination 



aglow with the fondest hopes. The rival powers were competitors 
for population and trade to the American settlements. Their 
agents, "Naelanders," were abroad, at a later period, at least, to 
solicit immigrants. 

In the humbler walks of private life every avenue to progress 
and advancement was preoccupied. The soil of the surrounding 
country was thin and far from the centers of trade ; and then, the 
cruel wars which were so frequent, unsettled everything. The 
environments did not satisfy the hopes and rising expectations of 
his 3^outhful ardor and sanguine temperament. On the other 
hand, America in the interior, was a vast unexplored wilderness 
occupied by savages : conflicting claims to the territory were set 
up by rival, and at times, hostile nations. The want of a com- 
mon currency and banking facilities were a great hinderance to 
profitable business. The perils of the ocean were very great bj^ 
reason of the inadequacy of the vessels and the lack of charts bj^ 
which to sail. Doubtless, there was a great conflict in his mind ; 
a weighing of probabilities of success or failure ; of the perils of 
the voyage ; the dangers from the savages in the wilderness ; of 
disease and death among strangers in a strange land. But, his 
great soul, trusting in the God of Abraham,' recognized that he 
had a mission to perform in life, and that his field was westward, 
rose to the contemplation of the situation with a broad common 
sense, elevated and extended by an intuitive genius, .prompted by 
the suggestions of sacred love, turned his eyes to the setting sun, 
which had drawn in its wake philosophers, Scientists and naviga- 
tors to the shores of the New World, where his glowing imagina- 
tion found a subject worthy of his genius and rising ambition, for 
development on a scale and in an arena worthy of his manh^ 
courage and confident trust in the Creator of his great heart, in- 
domitable energy and unconquerable will ; to dare and to. do the 
work of a pioneer, in developing the resources of a new country ; 
planting high and safely the standard of true liberty, to wave in 
triumph over the territory which became "the land of the brave 
and home of the free ;" and which has given shelter beneath its 
ample folds, not only to his numerous descendants, of whom we 
have the honor of composing a part ; but millions then unborn of 
his own and other lands, who have assisted in laj'ingso broad 
and deep the foundations of Institutions and Laws, of vStates and 
of a Republic which challenges the approbation of an admiring 


world, and transcends all parallel in history, ancient and modern. 
Notwithstanding the endearments of home, filial and fraternal 
affection, Michael now prepared to go to America and engage in 
trade, which was then brisk, between the Old and the New World. 
Doubtless, his father gave him so much of his patrimony as could 
be spared and a God's blessing. Bidding farewell to loving 
parents, brothers and sisters, mid tears, heart-breaking sighs, and 
benedictions, he hastened away, about the year 1740, down the 
Rhine to one of the commercial cities of Holland, or to London, 
with his stock in trade, sailed lor Philadelphia; following the 
leadof the wise William Penn. Tradition is here silent as to the 
circumstances of his commercial transactions, further than to in- 
form us, that he was engaged in five trading voyages across the 
Atlantic. Meanwhile, that he had returned to Winterlingen so 
much improved in dress, appearance and information about the 
New World, that he attracted much attention from his country- 
men ; that he was invited to dine with a nobleman, who desired 
to hear the news from a reliable source. There was a stir about 
town, when it was announced that Michael Keinadt had just 
returned from America, full of information about that wild Indian 
country. Mail facilities and printing at that day, were little used 
and personal returns were rare. There was but one paper published 
in America in 1720, and some thought that too many. Michael 
pursuaded his sister to accompany him to America. She was a 
celebrated singer and would have made her mark in the American 
cities ; but, alas ! on that illfated voyage there arose a great storm 
by which his dear sister was swept overboard and drowned , which 
so deeply distressed Michael, that he never again crossed the 
ocean. His goods, part of which were arms — (short hunting 
pieces, called jager) were all thrown overboard to save the ship. 
How uncertain are human affairs ! 

Returning to Philadelphia, as we suppose, all lost at 
sea, and disgusted with the uncertainties of sea-faring, he went 
into the interior of the colony ; a stranger in a strange land with- 
out capital. 

The next footprint we have of him is the record of his mar- 
riage, found in the old Register of the Lutheran Church at New 
Holland, Lancaster County, Penn. "The marriage of Michael 
Keinet, or Keined, son of Conrad Keinet of Wurtemburg, to 
Margaret Diller, daughter of Casper Diller, (dated) 21st Febru- 
ary, 1719." 


Xhe Dillcr Side. 

Here it is pertinent to give a brief account of the origin and 
descent of the Diller side of this union. Tlie publication entitled 
"The Diller Family," November, 1877, by J. L. Ringwalt, Esq., 
Philadelphia, Penn. — for a copj^ of which we acknowledge our 
indebtedness to Mr. Edwin T. Ringwalt, of New Holland, con- 
tains, probabl3^ the most reliable information; from which we 
draw some interesting statements and conclusions. After the 
long war between Romanists and Protestants and the terrible and 
villainous massacre of St. Bartholomew, on the night of August 
23rd, 1572, the Edict of Nantes was published in 1598, granting 
equal rights to Protestants; but, in 1685, the Edict was revoked 
and the fires of persecution were rekindled with renewed vigor 
and the Protestants were compelled to fly from France to Ham- 
burg and Amsterdam in Holland for safety — 15,000 persons. In 
the five years thereafter 1,000,000 are said to have fled to Holland, 
England and America — Alsace was nearl}^ depopulated. Under 
these circumstances it is supposed that the father of Casper Diller, 
when the latter was 10 or 15 years old, went from Alsace, in 
France, to Holland for safety, about the year 1685 or 1690. 
After some years, Casper went to England. The author of "The 
Diller Famil5^" saj'S : "Tradition has it that this Casper Diller 
married a woman in England, who was of large stature, mascu- 
line development, and had a bountiful supply of hair. It may 
be remarked here, that in Alsace the people speak both French 
and German. That Casper was of French extraction is evident 
from the names of his two sons, Han Adam and Han Martin. 
This name Han is a corruption of the French name Jean, which, 
as pronounced in the provinces where French and German inter- 
mingle, sounds pretty much like Han. Jean is our English John. 
As proof of Casper's nativity, I may add that, at the present day, 
there are Dillers in Alsace, France (it is now German territory), 
who, I am told, resemble us in features, and in character — being 
impulsive and energetic." "That Casper went to England is 
proved by his marriage with an English woman." "There is 
nothing forced or unnatural in the supposition that the first 
Casper Diller, after being driven with his father from Alsace to 
Holland, and going thence to England, subsequently went to 
Germany before he emigrated to America. This course was pur- 

LIFE OF MARGARKT KKINAnT, N'l-'.K l)II.I,l-:u. 1 •"> 

sued by many of the sorely persecuted French Protestants and 
German Palatines." "The introduction to 'Rui)p's Collection 
of upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, 
French, and other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 17li<) to 
177(>,' says that of the large number of refugees that came to 
England in 1708 and 1709, seven thousand, after having suffered 
great privations, returned, half naked and in despondency, to 
their native country. Ten thousand died from want of suste- 
nance, medical attendance and from other causes,' &c." It is 
believed that Casper Diller also returned to the Continent with his 
English wife and settled on the German side of the river Rhine, 
in the Palatinate, 11^^ miles from Heidelberg, about the year 
1723, where his sons, referred to already, were born. Tradition 
has it that when Casper Diller emigrated to America, he brought 
with him two sons and three daughters. He settled in Lancaster 
County, Pen n., about 1729, or 1781. The records of Lancaster 
County, show a deed to him, May 28th, 1738. His other children 
were born in America — four daughters and one son. On account 
of the libert}^ taken at that early da}', by parents, of giving two 
children, the same name, or adding thereto, the reader of 
the present time is liable to be confused. It is exemplified in 
both of our ancestral families, as in the cases of Han Adam, or 
Philip Adam, and Han Martin in the Diller family. On the 
Koiner side, there were George Adam and George Michael. The 
George was designed to compliment a favorite on either side of 
the house. The sons of Casper Diller and Barbara his wife, the 
progenitors of that great family, were Plan Adam, Han I»Iartin 
and Casper. The names of the daughters were not known to the 
author of "The Diller Family," but he gives the names of their 
husbands ; as, Breckbill, Keiner, Sweiger, Imboda, Croft, Ens- 
minger, and Sensabach. Margaret, nee Diller, the progenitor of 
the Koiners, is the only name yet discovered. That the Imbodens 
of Virginia, were descendants on the maternal side, has long 
been known tons. The publication, "The Diller P'amily," is, to 
us. a new development of that side ; and we regret our lack of 
time and space to draw from it more fully. It discloses that the 
American Koiner famil}^ cannot justly claim a pure German 
origin ; but only half, in consequence of their mother's French 
and English origin. Marvelous representations of the physical 
development and strength of some of the earlier Dillers has been 


related. Some of the earlier Koiners were much stouter than the 
present generation ; so that both sides may trace their largest 
specimens of physical manhood to their strong-haired and robust 
English mother. 

Casper Diller commenced his young life, like his son- 
in-law, Michael Koiner, under circumstances which tried his 
metal. A refugee, he was thrown on his personal resources for 
a living. It is said, "It was in Holland that he learned to make, 
or did make, wooden shoes." Dr. David Diller, who has given 
the subject attention, says: "But that he resided for some time 
in Holland prior to going to England, seems incontestable from 
the diflferences in the orthograpjiy of the name, and various other 
circurastances. However this may be, tradition has it, and I 
have often heard my aunts say so, that he married in England, 
that when he went to the neighborhood of New Holland, (Penn.) 
and bought property, his wife had a linen apron full ot silver. 
Taking all the evidence together, it appears that after his mar- 
riage in England he turned his face again toward his native land, 
whither he went '■' * * ; but his wife, being of English 
origin, and unable to adapt herself to the language and customs 
of ilie Continent, or, perhaps, owing to the unsettled condition of 
the country, they concluded to seek a peaceful abode in the New 
World." Casper Diller, our great great-grandfather, on the Diller 
side, purchased a farm near New Holland, called Hole Place 
(Loch-Platz), — was a shoemaker and became very wealthy. He 
was still living on the KJth December, 17G9, and attained to 
nearlj' 100 years of age. He died about 1770, or 1775. His 
grave cannot be pointed to with absolute certaint5^ Then we 
have, according to the Diller tradition : 

Germany. France. England. 

I I I 

Conrad Koiner. Casper Diller and Barbara his wife. 


Michael Koiner married Margaret Diller. 


Their children constitute the patriarchal families. 


Margaret Diller was reported wealthy, and was of a highly 
respectable and numerous fomily; niany of whom still live in the 
same vicinity, and more than twenty of them, at a recent date, 
were enrolled members of the same Lutheran congregation, at 
New Holland, Penn. Some of the Dillers hold official and pro- 
fessional positions creditable to them and their connections. 

The Koiner side Resumed. 

From the marriage of Michael and Margaret resulted the fol- 
lowing children, who constitute now the Grand Divisions of the 
family of Koiners in America; to-wit : 1. George Adam, 2. 
Conrad, 3. George Michael, 4. Elizabeth, 5. Mary, (>. Casper, 7. 
Catharine, S. John; 9. Martin. 10. Jacob, 11. Christian, V*. Philip, 
13. Frederick. 

We are left to conjecture as to the location and occupation of 
the progenitor from the time of his marriage, except the record 
of the birth and baptism of two of his sons, at New Holland, 
Lancaster County, where he probably held his church member- 
ship, until near the birth of his son Casper, the sixth child; when, 
tradition asserts, that in the same county he cleared away the 
brush and ecrected a home and shop which was afterwards called 
Millerstown, — Casper being the first child born on the place. 
Here he pursued his trade; his specialty, "in the old country," 
was that of a chainmaker: but he was a man'of versatile genius 
and readily adapted himself to the demands of the situation. The 
wants of the new country were pressing, and very nunierous; so 
"he used his skill to much advantage and profit. The approxi- 
mate time of his settling at Millerstown is determined by the date 
of the birth of his son Casper, which occurred on the 2r)th of 
September. -1764; — his marriage being in 1749, leaves 15 years 
residence undecided, but the probabilities point to a residence 
near New Holland. His residence at Millerstown was probably 
from 1763 to 1773: from the tradition that here his sons learned 
the occupation of farming, and Casper had grow^n large enough 
to tend a linseed oil mill, which his father operated — a young 
miller ! Casper related of his 3'outh, the protracted ride in a 
wagon; his fatigue, and the lateness of the hour when the family 
arrived at their new home, on the move from Millerstown to the 
Yellow Breeches Creek. 



The accumulations up to this time and probaly a portion of 
his wife's patrimony, enabled Michael to purchase land and settle 
in Cumberland County. His brother-in-law, Casper Diller, 
moved to the same county about the same time. The records at 
Carlisle show a deed "from John Walker to Michael Keinert, 
1773, for property in West Pensboro, Tw'p. on banks of 
Yellow Breeches Creek." The second deed "from Samuel Cul- 
bertson to Michael Kiner, 1776." "The third deed from Robert 
Walker to Michael Keinart for farm in West Pennsboro Tw'p. 
on banks of Yellow Breeches Creek 1807 . ' ' The latter date must 
be a clerical error or have been made to a descendant. Before 
that date he had removed to Virginia and died. The Clerk re- 
ports, "I can find no deed from Michael Kainard to any one on 

Franklin County was taken from Cumberland about the 3^ear 
1795. The farm purchased of Samuel Culbertson was embraced 
in the new county and was conveyed by Michael Keiner to his son 
Conrad, March 13th, 1787. The Clerk of Franklin County says, 
"The above Michael Koiner purchased the land by the above deed 
from one Samuel Culbertson, on 8th April 1778, which makes a 
discrepancy between the dates reported of two years, which may 
be explained on the hypotheses that a second farm was purchased 
from Culbertson. The conveyance to Conrad, 13th March 1787, 
preceded the purchase made by the progenitor in Virginia, on the 
22nd August 1787, which will be hereafter related. 


About the year 1785, attaining his majorit}' and inheriting a 
spirit of adventure, his son Casper proceeded still further south, 
into the Count}'- of Augusta, Va., exploring the country; reported 
its advantages, which resulted, two years thereafter, in bringing 
his eldest brother, George Adam to him, and purchasing a farm 
of 230 acres for £375, on the 20th of August, 1787, from William 
Gillispie; which is now, 105 3'ears, in the ownership of his 
descendants on the maternal side. On the 23d day of August, 
] 787, there was conveyed to Michael "Coynart," of Cumberland 
County , Penn., by James Gillispie, 300 acres of land adjoining 
John Findly and David Vance. Of these two farms it is said 
that George Adam had choice, by reason of his having furnished a 
portion of the price, and that he chose the former. These trans- 


actions would indicate that the j)r()j;enitor had also then visited 
Virginia; made the purchases and returned to Pennsylvania. 'IMie 
latter farm was, on January Ikd, 1 7 OL', conveyed by Michael 
"Coynet" and Margaret his wife to "Gasper Coy net," their son, 
for the price of £835. This farm has continued the property (jf 
said Casper and his son Simon for 105 years. George Adam leased 
his new Virginia farm to Martin Bush, a Pennsylvanian, on his 
return to Pennsylvania to complete a contract of two years which 
he had there. Tradition fevors the theory that the progenitor 
bought the said farms on the judgment of his sons. From the 
dates of subsequent transactions, it is safe to say that Michael 
Keineadt and family, except Conrad, moved to, and settled finally, 
in Augusta County, Va., in the Autumn of 1789. On the 25th of 
Sep. 171>0, he bought 200 acres land of David Huffelpower. On 
21st October, 1700, there was conveyed to Michael "Coinert" 
from Archibald Boiling 303 acres land, on South River, for the 
price of £100. This is the farm on which he resided and spent 
the evening of his long and eventful life, and expired, on the 7th 
November, 1796, at the age of 77 years; in sight of where his 
mortal remains now rest. This farm was devised to his son 
Christian; who, when he moved to Upsher County, W. Va., 
sold the same to John, a grand-son of Michael and son of Casper. 
By John it was devised to his son Casper B. who resides on the 
same; thus remaining in the family 102 years continuously, to 
this writing, 1892. Michael Keinadt's entire family, except 
Conrad, came to Virginia, where comfortable provision was made 
for all ; his sons in lands, and his daughters otherwise. 

Conrad, on a visit to Virginia, after examining the land 
along South River, which was then for sale, on which the town 
of Waynesboro has since been built, expressed his preference for 
Penns3dvania. "That he would not give the three turkey-goblers 
which he saw cross the road near Woodstock, fortheland." Such 
was the condition of the country then ; where now a young city is 
growing and the elements of comfort and wealth abound in 

His AVill. 

Michael Keinadt made his will, Jul}^ 15th, 1796 ; which 
begins, by saying: "lam sick;" and then proceeds with the 
usual formality in clear and distinct specifications and disposi- 



tions. The writer probably was General Robert Porterfield, of 
Revolutionary memory ; a neighbor, and the first attesting wit- 
ness. The other witnesses were Benjamin Kenerly and John 
Conner. The testator made very considerate, and ample provision 
for his widow, which she enjoyed to her end. He also made 
special provision for his son Frederick, whose mental condition 
rendered him dependent. In kindly regard for his family servant, 
he was required to be kept by the family. The Executors named, 
were his sons George Adam and Casper. The former declined the 
trust. Casper qualified, giving as sureties, Thomas Turk and 
Nicholas Bush, in a bond of 110,000. See Will Book 8, page 

There was a codicil to the will ; both were contested, by 
Christian Balslay; the former was rejected by the Court, but the 
will was sustained. 

In Person, IVI. Keinadt, 

Was of medium size, well developed and well proportioned ; 
straight, and walked erect. His voice was rather coarse. When 
irritated, manifested high temper. In his latter years, he some- 
times spent a week at the house of his son Casper ; his daughter- 
in-law said of him, that he was as agreeable a visitor as one could 
wish. His varied experiences through the many vicissitudes of 
a long life stored his mind with many interesting and startling 
facts, which constituted interesting narratives for the rising 

His Religious Character. 

His family Bible, which contains an Introductory by Carl 
Hildebrand von Constein, written at Berlin, in 1717 ; believed to 
have been published in Hallie, by the "Hallie Bible Society," 
the first organization of the kind, has been preserved by his 
grand-daughter Jane, daughter of Christian, and now committed 
to the care of the President of the Koiner Memorial Association. 
The book appears to have been much used and carefully pre- 
served, as the sure foundation on which he reared his wonderful 
structure, which bears additional testimony to its infallible truths, 
from generation to generation. 


He was an earnest Christian of the Lutheran faith, in wliieli 
he brought up his children. His life was one of humility and 
resignation to the will of liis Creator. It is to his loyalty to God, 
that we may attribute his success ; the mercies and blessings 
which have been conferred upon him and his posterity in all their 
generations. So long as pride and vainglory shall be discarded ; 
the reverence and love of God shall be continued, will like bless- 
ings prevail ; and so long only. "Pride goeth before destruction 
and a haughty look before a fall." Probably the first Lutheran 
house of worship erected in the County of Augusta, he helped to 
complete, by making the nails used ; though then about 70 years 
old. Wrought nails, or wooden pins, for fastening shingles and 
boards were their only resource, in those days. The house was 
in process of construction when he arrived in the vicinity, saj's 
his surviving grand-son Simon, son of Casper, one of the prime 
movers in the enterprise. 

The subject of our narrative lived at a time when America 
was still in its primitive wilderness, save on portions of its eastern 
border where it had been touched by the hand of industry. 
Every thing had to be done, from the stump up, in building ; and 
down, in breaking the soil. The implements of husbandry were 
of the rudest and most imperfect kind, made on the farm, or in 
the nearest smith-shop. Immense forests and grubs were to be 
removed. On the frontier the houses, in some cases, were of 
poles, or logs, with puncheon floors, or of whip-sawed boards, 
covered with "clab-boards." The stables and barns were cov- 
ered with "thatched straw." Reaping was done with a crooked 
sickle, held in the right hand and the grain grasped and held 
in the left until it was severed by a drawing cut. Threshing was 
done with flails applied with great labor ; or it was done by tread- 
ing on floors with horses. Mowing was done with "Dufch 
Cythes," hammered thin when they had become dull from whett- 
ing ; the mettle was very tough and ductile. The crop was 
gathered with hand-rakes and wooden forks. Frequently the 
iron forks made in the shops were very heavy and clums}'. Public 
roads, in colonial times, were very few ; and the new private ways 
were extremely rough, sideling, stumpy and rooty. Wheeled 
vehicles, for riding, were seldom seen. Families were carried on 
horseback, with the infant of days in front of the mother, and the 
one and two year olds clinging behind, which would present, at 


the present day, an interesting spectacle. The markets for surplus 
products ranging according to distance from the coast, or naviga- 
ble rivers ; not unfrequently involving a haul of 100 miles by 
wagons. Apparel was manufactured by hand from raw materials, 
&c. In short, every great work had to be done, at cost of well 
directed, patient industry, much personal toil, inconvenience and 
self-denial. This was the most necessary arid heaviest work per- 
formed b}^ any generation, in the physical improvement and 
enhancement of the lands, and the amelioration of the condition 
of the people. 

In the accomplishment of this transformation of a wilderness 
into pleasant homes, Michael Koihadt and his family, contributed 
their full share. His posterity are still busily engaged in improv- 
ing and beautif3'ing the common national heritage. Not onlj^ in 
the ph5'sical development have they been in the advance column; 
but in the intellectual, moral and religious culture they are rapidly 
redeeming their time, and advancing to the front ; some attaining 
to high distinction. An eifort to carry the German language, in 
earlier years, retarded the progress of the young in current litera- 
ture. The progenitor was educated in the schools of Germany 
and had his children educated, as was customar}^ in the same 
language ; taught to speak Pennsylvania German and English. 

The Koincr IMame. 

Great libert}^ in Americanizing, has been taken, not only, by 
the branches of the family ; but especiall}^ by scriveners and 
public officials, as the}^ conceive, for their own convenience. The 
mutations have been so radical, that its identity is, in some cases, 
almost lost. An examination of the famih^ Church Record at 
Winterlingen, followed back to IG.IO, develops man}^ changes, 
but not so radical; beginning in 1650 with Kainath, Keinath, 
Konat, Keynot, Kelnot, Keinadt, to Michael Keinath, born 29th 
of January, 1720. His signature at manhood and his correspon- 
dents, in the father-land, have spelled it Keinadt, as late as April 
16th, ]760, when Casper Keinadt, Martin Koinadt and the nervous 
signature of Conrad Keinort, most probably his father, last 
addressed him. This letter brings affectionate and tender greet- 
ing, with expressions of deep .sympathy, brotherly kindness and 

T.iriv OK I\IICII.\l-:i, KKINADT. 21 

In an early report of the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee 
Synod, the family congregation is mentioned by the name of 
"Keinadts Church." On the record of the same congregation 
the name was spelled "Keinadt" as late as 1S'J7. In no instance 
in the fatherland, or in the spelling of the progenitor has the 
original K been substituted by the initial C. The latter is an 
erroneous translation, which had its beginning in Virginia chiefly. 
The Conrad branch of the family, in Pennsylvania, and else- 
where, spell the name Kyner ; other branches, Coyner ; others, 
Coiner, Keiner, Kiner, and others Koiner. The latter is sym- 
metrical and euphonious; retains the original K, and identifies 
the public record of some members of the family, which they 
cannot abandon without sacrificing their life's work. The differ- 
ence in spelling by the gl-eat primal branches, at least, promotes 
a ready identification of that to which the individual belongs. 

The Old Church. 

From the megre records, we conclude, that there was an 
organization in its vicinity as early as 1771; the birth of Margaret 
Barger, June 2r)th, 1771, and Baptism April 0th, 1772, are re- 
corded and others to 1783, which was 18 years before the old log 
house of worship was built. Religious exercises probably were 
held in schoolhouses, private residences, barns and arbors. 
We are indebted to the late Jacob Koiner, eldest son of 
Casper; to the venerable Simon, a brother of Jacob, who have 
spoken from memory ; to the Famil}^ Bible record, of Philip 
Koiner, Sr., which gives the dates of the births of each of 
his children, and the names of the Pastors who baptised 
them ; to the Old Church Record, and a statement of Theodore 
Koiner, the clerk of the present organization, for informa- 
tion of the names and order of service of the Pastors of the 
Old Church — Kainadt's ; now Trinity, to-wit : Revs. Spindle ; 
Paul Henkle, who lived in Staunton, Virginia, three years ; — sa}' 
from 1793 to 1790 and officiated ; — Pastor li. G. Naiman, from 
1790 to 1800 ;— Pastor John Folz from 1800 to 1810 ;— Pastor 
George H. Remensnider from 1810 to 1823; — Pastor Ambrose 

Henkle from 1823 to ; Pastor John Stierwalt from to 

; again Ambrose Henkle to 1830; — Rev. Jacob Killian from 

1836 to 1860 ;— Rev. J. E. Senaker from 1800 to ; Rev. T. 


S. Swinehart from January 1877 to May 1879; — and Rev, F. 
Kuigele from May 1879 to the present time — 1893. 

A brick house succeeded the old structure, in 1838, during 
the services of Rev. Killian. In 1881 another brick house of 
modern style and garniture, was erected, about 200 feet north of 
the first. This congregation has been steadfast in adhering to 
the doctrine and customs of the Lutheran Church. During the 
services of the Rev. Ambrose Henkle, which was probably "once 
a month," the Rev. Moyerheifer, a popular speaker, sought to 
take possession of the Church without getting rid, in an orderly 
way, of the incumbent. This gave rise to division among the 
people ; a portion of whom united with the German Reformed 
element and built a new house of worship, six miles south of the 
old, which was more convenient to many, and was called Zion's 
Church. This may be said to be the first colony from the old 
hive. Subsequentl3^ during the services of Rev. Killian another 
Church was built near Mt. Solon, called St. Paul's to supply a 
small swarm which settled on North River — the second colony. 
In the year 1854, a house of worship was erected and church 
organized, called Bethlehem, 14 miles south of the old, to accom- 
modate a considerable portion resident in that vicinity — the third 
colony. Here the Rev. Killian ended his long ministerial labors, 
and his remains rest in its cemetery. In 1888, the fourth house 
of worship was built, <i miles south of the parent hive, named 
Bethany, to accommodate the large portion of the membership 
who live in that vicinity. Here there has been conducted a Paro- 
chial School ot the Lutheran Church, which is rarely excelled in 
efficiency and harmony. 

The works of Michael Keinadt do follow him, not onl}' in 
these instances, but in other branches and States. His has not 
been a career of blood, carnage and death, spreading, sorrow and 
distress throughout the land, but one of peaceful development, 
amelioration, happiness and joy. Such has been the life of our 
progenitor, briefly and imperfectly presented. Though we do not 
claim for him deeds v»diich startle mankind ; yet surely his pos- 
terity will be pardoned for cherisliing the memory of one, so dear 
to them, and whose useful life is a great incentive to his posterity 
to build on the solid foundation which he has laid, a higher and 
resplendent superstructure to teach the coming generations the 
way to solid worth, usefulness, happiness and eternal rest. 


It is in the cemetery of tin- Old Church — now called Trinity, 
that the mortal remains of Michael Keinadt and Marj^aret his 
wife are resting; II miles east of vStannton, '-'miles north of 
Crimora Station, on the Shenandoah Valley Railroad. Their 
loving children erected at their graves sulistantial (and for that 
day, handsome,) tomb-stones, with inscriptions in the German 
Language: at the former, simply translated, — "Here rests the 
body of Michael Keiner : Died the 7th November, ITIXI. His 
age was 77 years. 

"Ye that pass h\- here, 

O, consider my state, 

Seek Jesus late and carl}' 

While ye yet this life have." 

The corrosion of time on a softer stone, has slightly effaced 
the lettering in the case of the latter. We rescue the remainder 
from oblivion, in a free rendering of the meaning: — 
"Margaret Keinadt, nee Diller, 
Died ISth Nov'r. 1813, Aged 79 years. 
May us children, and also each reader, take warning and 
make early preparation for eternity . ' ' 

Margaret Koiner. nee Diller. 

In personal appearance, she is reported to have been small, 
with black hair and eyes, brunette complexion, a fluent and cheer- 
ful talker. This great mother possessed a mind and heart fully 
equal to the necessities of the times in which she lived. She was 
a true helpmate to her husband in wrestling with the difficulties 
and dangers of pioneer life ; of Indian savagery and the colonial 
revolution ; giving three of her eldest sons to Washington's army; 
two of her younger, and several of her grand-sons to the defense 
of the country in the war of 1812. In the late terrible civil con- 
flict, alas ! alas ! her dear great-grand children, coming up from 
the States, in large numbers, were arrayed b}^ the politicians in 
deadl}^ strife against each other ; and man}' fell on the field 
of battle. God of our fathers, forbid that it shall occur again ! 
She has been represented in every great national effort to protect, 
amelioriate and advance the interests of the nation and a majorit\' 
of the States. Her children have assisted in converting the 
wilderness continent into safe and comfortable homes. She has 
contributed her full share in the erection of the stupendous 
national arch which spans the continent from the Atlantic to the 


Pacific ; and that from Canada to the Gulf, upon which rests the 
splendid national dome, the glistening crest of which has caught 
the longing eyes of the lovers of liberty of every land and clime, 
and whose towering pinacle points on high to a Reunion in a land 
of pure delights, where the Great Father of all. has prepared a 
place for his loving and confiding children. 

The New IVIonumcnt. 

Erected in memory of our ancestors, which constitutes the front- 
icepiece of this work, stands on a raised bed of geen sward 12x12 
feet, 2 feet high. It is made of Georgia marble selected for its 
known durability ; it rises in all 10 feet. Base SixSl, 16 inches 
high. Plinth, 4x4, 15 inches high. On its west edge the inscrip- 
tion "Koiner" is in large letters. A die upon which rests a 
globe, carved in several of its features. Each ot the four 
faces for the lettering are fretted, and wreaths and gothic orna- 
mentation adorn the capitol supporting the globe, which is per- 
fect in mould. The marble is the same as the shaft but varie- 
gated, all else being white. The ball or globe is emblamatical of 
the histor>^ of those who sleep beneath. 


On the North side — "Michael Keinadt. Born at Winter- 
lingen, Germany, 1720. Emigrated to America about 1740, and 
to Virginia in 1790. Died November 7th, 179G. Aged 77 years." 

South side — "Margaret, wife of Michael Keinadt, daughter 
of Casper Diller, of Lancaster Count)^ Pa., died November 18th, 
1813, aged 79 years." 

West side — "Erected to the memory of Michael and Mar- 
garet Koiner, the progenitors of the Koiner family in America, 
by the Michael Koiner Memorial Association, October, 1892." 

East side — "To attest the filial affection for the ancestors of 
the Koiner family, who are now living in many States of the 
Union, whose names are spelled in various ways, viz: Koiner, 
Kyner, Koyner, Kiner, Coiner and Coyner." 


The Genealogy of the Koiner Family. 

First Grand Division — George Adam. 

2. (Second Generation.) George Adam, the first son of 
Michael and Margaret Keinadt, was born in Lancaster County, 
.Penn., August 7,1753, and doubtless moved with his father to 
Cumberland County, Penn. He was a soldier in the American 
Revolution under Washington, when the Colonies gained their 
Independence of Great Britain. He married Barbara Smith, a 
daughter of Peter Smith, a very fleshy people ; a peculiarity 
which has developed in some branches of their descendants, for 
several generations. He visited Augusta County, Virginia, and 
bought a farm, in the year 1787, as shown by the date of a deed 
for the place on which he afterwards lived. He moved to \'ir- 
ginia about two years thereafter. He was industrious and became 
a prosperous farmer. The recorded large appraisement and sale 
bills of his estate furnish interesting facts and history of the 
times, (1820) ; the names of many of the people who were pur- 
chasers at the sales, &c. He died in 1820, aged 67 years, and 
was buried at Keinadt 's Church, of which he was a member. 

The children of George Adam and Barbara Koiner were : 
John B., known as "Methodist John ;" George, known as "Big 
George ;" Catharine, Elizabeth, Margaret, Jane, and Mary. 

The John B. branch of George Kdam. 

3. John B. Koiner, son of George Adam and Barbara, 
was born August 7, 1780, in Cumberland Count}-, Pennsylvania ; 
died in Virginia, July 11, 184(>. He married, first, Catharine 
Spotts. She was born June 23, 1785 : died July 24, 1822. Their 


children were: Jane, Archibald S., William L., Harrison H., 
George D., born January 21, 1818: died November 5, 1858. 
Cynthia, and Mary, born May 22, 1816 ; died 1819. 

4. Jane Koiner, daughter of John B. and Catharine, was 
born May 22, 1805, and married James Moore, April 11, 1823. 
Their children are John — , Catharine, Mary, Cynthia, Martha, 
Frances, George, and two others. 

4. Archibald S. Koiner, son of John B., was born Sep- 
tember 5, 1810; died June 20, 1879. Married Anna Koiner, 
daughter of Philip, son of the Progenitor. Children : George 
Adam, Mary Elizabeth, Philip D., and Sarah Ann. 

5. George A. Koiner, son of Archibald S., married Luve- 
nia Yancy, daughter of Joel Yancy, of Albemarle County, Vir- 
ginia ; their issue : Laura, Anna B., Emma, George A., Wm. 
Riley, Lucy, Susie A., Joseph, Junia E., and Lottie. Way- 
nesboro, Virginia. 

6. Laura Koiner, married W. D. Layman. 
6. Anna B. Koiner, married J. H. Brower. 

6. Emma Koiner, married A. B. Blackburn, Staunton, 

5. Mary E. Koiner, daughter of Archibald S., married 
James O. Perry, now deceased ; their issue : W. Oliver, deceased; 
George W., John D., Archibald S., P. Killian, Mary Ann, Bettie 
J., and Fannie S. Lyndhurst, Virginia. 

6. Mary A. Perry, daughter of J. O. Perry, married 
Joseph A. Patterson, son of Alexander; their issue : A. Cone 
Patterson, of the Seventh generation. Lyndhurst, Augusta 
County, Virginia. 

6. Frances S. Perry, married Dorsy L. Rodes ; issue : 
Olive Lee, Bell Ruth. 

5. Philip D. Koiner, son of Archibald S., married Re- 
becca, the daughter of Benjamin Coiner ; their issue : Alda 
Olivia, and Elmer Clifton. Waynesboro, Virginia. 

4. William L. Koiner, was born October 26, 1807, the 
son of John B., the son of George Adam, the son of the Progen- 
itor ; married Nancy Browning; their issue : John W., Eliza- 
beth S., George A., Benjamin Franklin, Silas A., Sarah J , and 
James S. 


5. EiJZABiCTii KoiNEK, daughter of William L., married 
John T. Tombs; their issue : Sallie, Hamer, Willis, and Minter. 
Sherando, Virginia. 

5. George -A. Koiner, son of William L., married Mary 
S. Ewing'; their issue : Laura Bell, deceased ; Estie E., James 
W., George F., Maggie M., deceased ; and Rosa Ann Lee. She- 
rando, Virginia. 

5. B. Franklin Koiner, son of William L., married 
Rebecca M. Farrer ; their issue : Willie Franklin, Ida Inis, 
Irenaeus Summerfield, Mamie, and P^tta Rebecca. Lyndhurst, 

5. Sarah J. Koiner, daughter of William L., married 
Jacob McLain ; their issue : Grover. 

4. Harrison H. Koiner, son of John B., was born March 
25, 1813; died February 17, 1878. He first married Mary J. 
Brand, March 28, 1859; their issue : John B., David M., Mar- 
tha C, William, and F. Alice. The second wife is Martha W. 
Padgett, daughter of Spottswood ; their issue: Camden, Eliza- 
beth E., Henry, Junius, and Celsus. Ladd, Virginia. 

5. Elizabeth E. Koiner, daughter of Harrison H., mar- 
ried Calvin East ; their issue : Hugh Driver. 

4. Cinthia Koiner, daughter of John B., was born June 
24,1820, married Wm. Foster; their issue : John, Mary, and 
Sarah. Second husband, George W. Cook ; their issue: Jeni ie, 
Charles, Henry, and Thomas. 

The George branch of George Sdam. 

3. George Koiner, ("Big George") the son of George 
Adam, son of the Progenitors, married, first, Sarah Grove ; their 
issue: John, Andrew, Eliza, and Maria. His second wife, was 
a Mrs. Wren, of Albemarle County, Virginia ; their issue : Smith, 
Samuel, and Henry. 

4. Smith Koiner, son of George, married Catharine New- 
man, and had four children. 

4. John Koiner, son of George, married Mary Swisher 
and moved to- Botetourt County, Virginia. 

4. Andrew Koiner, son of "Big George," lives in Jasper 
County, Missouri. He has a son, Philip. x\ddress, Marshal, Sa- 
line County, Missouri. 


4. Samuel Koiner, son of George, moved to Tennessee. 

4. Eliza Koiner, daughter of George, married John 

4. Maria Koiner, daughter of George, married Jacob 
Young ; their issue : George, John, Augustus, and Eliza. Her 
husband died about 1846. She moved from Augusta Count^^ 
Virginia, to Sulivan County, Missouri ; bought land and settled 
on Locust Creek. 

"Big George" Koiner, after his family had grown to matu- 
ritj', sold his farm, near Fishersville, Virginia, on which the 
writer now resides ; removed to Roanoke County, Virginia, and 
purchased the farm on which the, now, celebrated "Coyner's 
Springs" is situated, in the vicinity of the flourishing City of 
Roanoke. Here he died, and his familj^ "went to the West." He 
was an energetic man, of a restless disposition, who endeavored to 
conquer success without exercising the necessary care and 

The Catherine branch of George ?tdam. 

3. Catherine Koiner, the daughter of George Adam, 
son of the Progenitors, married William Lyons ;• their issue : 
Thomas, William, John, and David, of whom we have no present 
information ; but they have probably gone to the insatiate " West. ' ' 

The Elizabeth branch of George ^tdani. 

3. Elizabeth Koiner, daughter of George Adam, married 
Jacob Spots; their issue: David, who was born December 1, 
1809, Michael, and others. 

The IVIargaret branch of George J^dam. 

3. Margaret Koiner, daughter of George Adam, married 
Lewis Mower}^ ; their issue : Elizabeth, married Robert Snapp ; 
Jane, married John Koiner ; Margaret, married Robert Vanlear, 
and George W. Mowery. 

The Jane branch of George Kdam. 

3. Jane Koiner, daughter of George Adam, married Abra- 
ham Aughe, near Waynesboro, Virginia. They had no issue ; 
died and were buried at Zion's Lutheran Church. 


The Mary branch of George KcJam. 

3. Mary KoiNER, was born March I"), 17S:5, daughU-r of 
George i-Xdain, the son ot Michael Keinadt, the Progenitor; married 
Daniel Keiser, born September 'A, 17Mi, from which resulted a 
large, prosperous and clever familj' ; their issue : Sarah, George 
K., Jane, Mar5\ James, Julia A., Jacob, Elizabeth, and Catherine. 
For many 3'ears this family constituted a chief pillar in tlie Zion's 
Lutheran congregation, giving one son to the ministry. 

4. Sarah Keiser, was born March 17, ISO.!, daughter of 
Daniel, married James J. Cullen, whose father was John Cullen, a 
Scotchman from Glasgow. 

4. " George K. Keiser, the son of Daniel, was born May 4, 
1806, and died March 15, 1892, aged 8(5 years, married Mary 
Ann Kugler ; their issue: John K., Martha Cornelia, William 
A., Junius N., Margaretta V., and Bernard E. 

5. John K. Keiser, son of George K., married, first, Miss 
Thomas ; second marriage. Miss Moore. 

5. Martha Cornelia Keiser is not married and resides at 
the ancestral homestead of G. A. Koiner. 

5. William A. Keiser, son of George K., married a Miss 
Shumaker; their issue: Lelia V., Charles E., Minnie E., 
Florence R., Nina I., Daisy B., William Dean, and Fred S. 
Union City, Tennessee. 

5. Junius N. Keiser, son of George K., married Miss W3'- 
ant- — no children. 

5. Margaretta V. Keiser, daughter of George K., married 
Dr. Scull — no children. Chattahoochee, Florida. 

5. Bernard E. Keiser, son of George K., married Miss 
J. A. Thomas ; their issue: Ernest L., Ida V., Mary E.. Bessie 
K., deceased; George T., and Annie Julia. Waynesboro. Va. 

4. Jane Keiser, born August -'(>, 1808, daughter of Dan- 
iel and Mary, nee Koiner, married George Shreckhise; their issue: 
James M., Julia, Mary Jane, and Daniel K. 

' 5. Rev. James M. Shreckhise, son of George and Jane, 
was reared on a farm near Mt. Sidney, Augusta County, Mrginia. 
His parents were amiable and kind; earnest Christians. James 
M. was educated at Pennsylvania College, and the Lutheran Sem- 
inary at Getteysburg. He is meek and retiring in his manner ; 
but has fine attainments and is a very acceptable Pastor and 


Preacher. He married Amanda Sieg; their issue: George, Stevie, 
Samuel and Rebecca. Moffatt's Creek, Va. 

6. Stevie Shreckhise, daughter of Rev. James M., married 

Andrew Lackey, of Oregon. 

5. Julia Shreckhise, daughter of George, married first, 
William Pence; their issue : James, married Signora Swisher, and 
Edward, married Lurena Allman. Second husband, Dr. Henry 
Christian; their issue: Carrie Christian, who married William 
Brubeck, of Cave Station, Virginia. 

5. Mary Jane Shreckhise, daughter of George, married 
John Grove, of Hermitage, Va. 

5. Daniel K. Shreckhise, son of George, married first, 
Mary Ross; no children. His second wife was Rebecca Early; 
their issue: George, the Principal of Roncevert High School, W. 
Va.; Nora, Celia, Ernest, Bessie, Henry, and John. Cave Sta- 
tion, Augusta County, Virginia. 

4. Mary Ann Keiser, born May 13, 1810, married Sam- 
uel Koiner; their issue, accounted for in Sixth Grand Division. 

4. Rev. James R. Keiser, son of Daniel and Mary, nee 
Koiner, was born September 28, 1812, and reared near Waynes- 
boro, Virginia. He was a graduate of the College and Theologi- 
cal Seminar}' of the Lutheran Church, at Getteysburg, Pennsyl- 
vania. He afterwards took a course of Theology at Andover, 
Mass. He was a Lutheran Minister, respected for his learning, 
good personal qualities, and filled prominent places in the 
Churches of the Lutheran General Synod. Bad health compelled 
him to retire, when he sought relief in milder climate, on the 
James River, near City Point, Virginia. At Petersburg he closed 
his useful life. His labors had chiefly been in New York and 
New Jersey. He married a Miss Murphy, of Philadelphia; their 
issue : three sons and one daughter. His remains were taken, by 
his family, to the north for burial. 

4. Julia A. Keiser, born October 1), 1814, daughter of 
Daniel and Mary, married Peter Shirey, son of John. They are 
still living (J 892) and present a striking illustration of Christian 
patience, resignation, humility and charity. Their children are 
John Daniel, Margaret, and Catharine. 

~). Rev. John D. Shirey, son of Peter and Julia A., was 
educated at Roanoke College, Va., and the Theological Seminar}' 
at Getteysburg, Pennsylvania. He has long been a faithful Min- 


isterof the Lutheniii Church in Virginia and the Carolinas: and is 
now President of the College at Mt. Pleasant, N. C. 

T). Margaret Shirey, daughter of Peter and Julia A., mar- 
ried William McCauley, A. M., graduate and now Trustee of 
Roanoke College ; Clerk of Roanoke County, X'irginia ; an excel- 
lent gentleman ; highly intelligent and useful in the church and 

5. Catherine Shirev, daughter of Peter and Julia A., 
married J. T. Crabtree, A. M., long a Professor in Roanoke Col- 
lege. He is an earnest, punctual and efficient worker in whatever 
he is engaged ; and is regarded highly as a Christian gentle- 
man and business man . 

4. Jacob Keiser, son of Daniel and Mary Keiser, nee Koi- 
ner, was born January 11, 1818, and reared on a farm near 
Waynesboro, Virginia ; obtained a useful and liberal English 
education. He was, while yet a young man, recommended by 
the County Court to the Governor of Virginia, for appointment to 
the Magistrary of the County of Augusta ; a departure from the 
old family lines and precedents of the self- perpetuating body. 
Jacob was liberal minded, and gave attention to public matters ; 
sustaining the characteristics of gentleness and kindness, which 
distinguished his father and his family. He married Margaret 

Patterson, daughter of Patterson. She died while young; 

their issue : Mary. She married, first, Archer ; second hus- 
band, Hambleton. Jacob Keiser, Esq., was a Farmer, Surveyor, 
and Editor ; and after several removals, settled in the State of 
Kansas, and died near Hillsdale. 

4. Elizabeth Keiser, was born September 2o, 1820, 
daughter of Daniel and Mary ; married Michael A. Koiner, son 
of George Michael, of the "Long Meadows." Some of their 
children still survive , and will be mentioned under the Paternal 
head. Elizabeth, when young, possessed rare beauty, gentleness, 
modest}' and kindness. 

4. Catherine M. Keiser, born May 1(5, 18'J5, daughter 
of Daniel and Mary, married Rev. Samuel Wagner, a Lutheran 
Minister from Pennsylvania, November 2S, 1841 , near Waynes- 
boro, Virginia; their issue: Four dead and eight living ; the 
first three born in Virginia. William K., deceased; Laura, de- 
ceased ; Cornelia F.. Luther A., deceased ; James R., deceased; 
Theophilus M., Alpheus E., Emma A., Preston M., Loreno L. 


Lawrence A., and Mar}' E. The living are all married ; 6 grand- 
children. Rev. Wagner was Pastor of Zion's Church several years 
before and after his marriage. He was a fluent speaker ; of fiery 
zeal, and imbued with sectional ideas. He was in the skirmish 
line, in the attack on slavery and whiskey — an "advance 
thinker." They moved from Virginia to Washingtonville, Ohio; 
where they still reside. 

Second Grand Division — Conrad. 

2. (Second Generation.) Conrad, the second son of 
Michael Keinadt and Margaret, nee Diller, the American 
Progenitors, was born in 1755, in Lancaster County, Pennsyl- 
vania, amid the wild and trying scenes of Colonial times, 
when sharp experience in personal safety among the Indians ; 
grave questions of civil libert}' were discussed with Bngland, 
and measures of retaliation adopted by the Colonies against 
foreign encroachment ; and finally of independence, which 
was rung out on the 4th of July, 177(5, from his Colo- 
nial Capitol. He was a soldier with the great Washington of 
Virginia, in the American Revolution ; which not only set his 
country free, but the reflex influence upon the opprtJssed nations 
of the world has been marvelous, in relaxing the shackles of 
oppression. Conrad had an active and clear mind ; was firm and 
decided in his purposes, with energy in their execution. He was 
not entertained, or delayed by trifles, but drove vigorousl}' on to 
the main chance. His father, by deed, March 13, 1787, conveyed 
to him the farm purcha.sed of Samuel Culbertson, in 1776, on 
"Culbertson's Row," 4 miles west of Shippensburg ; in, now, 
Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Here Conrad lived in prosper- 
it}' and provided good farms for all his sons near by him. He 
was distinguished for his hospitality and generosity. Conrad was 

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a good horseman ; fond of fine horses and accustomed to brisk 
riding; but was thrown, which caused liis death, March 11, ISHJ, 
in the ()L*nd year of his age. He was buried in the grave yard of 
the Lutheran Church, in Shippensburg. His remains have since 
been removed to the Cemetery of that t(nvn. 

Conrad had married Elizabeth Stumbaugh, an excellent lady 
who was paralyzed in her garden, in the presence of her grand- 
daughter Mary, daughter of Michael, who relates the occurrence; 
their issue: John, George, Philip, Jacob, Michael, Casper and 
Elizabeth. The descendants of this family in Pennsylvania, usu- 
ally spell their names, "Kyner;" those removed to Ohio, "Kiner." 

The John branch of Conrad. 

3. John Kyner, the son of Conrad, was born in Pennsyl- 
vania. He married Susan Myers, of Adams County^, an excellent 
lady. Unfortunate in business ; he taught school, and finally 
moved to Ohio, where his family is chiefly found ; their issue : 
Jacob, Margaret, Mary, Michael, George, Lawrence, Philip, Wil- 
liam, Casper, Samuel, and John. 

4. Jacob Kyner, the son of John, was born August, 1818; 
died at Nashville, Holmes County, Ohio, 1890. He had married 
Jane Keltner. • 

4. Margaret Kyner, daughter of John, was born May, 
1820. Gallion, Crawford County, Ohio. 

4. Mary Kyner, daughter of John, was born April 22, 
1822, married Mr. Bell; died August, 1891. Nashville, Holmes 
County, Ohio. 

4. Michael Kyner, son of John, was born 1824, married 
Sarah Brubaugh; died June, 1875. 

4. 'George Kyner, son of John, was born Januarj' 19, 
1825, married Catharine Riffle, and lives at Mansfield, Richland 
County, Ohio. 

4. Lawrence Kyner, son of John, was born 1S40, married 
Mary Richie. Mansfield, Ohio. 

4. Philip Kyner, son of John, was a "stirring fellow" and 
successful in business. He married Rebecca Patterson, 18G2; is 
now farming near Lexington. Ohio ; their issue : William P. and 
Minerva D. 

4. William Kyner, son of John, was born 18.')7, married 
Sarah Carv ; a farmer, Lexington, Richland County, Ohio. 



4. Casper Kyner, son of John, was born December 24, 
1843, married Martha Smithy a farmer, Lexington, Ohio. 

4. Samuel Kyner, son of John, is unmarried and resides 
at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. 

4. John Kyner, son of John, was born in Pennsylvania. 
He married a Miss Brubaker; their issue : John, Daniel, Andrew, 
Kate, Maria, and Elizabeth. 

5. John Kyner, the third, son of John the second, was 
born 1820, in Pennsylvania. He emigrated to Ohio and on the 
first day of January, 1845, married Nancy Gunder, at Lancaster, 
Ohio; their issue: James H., P'rances M. (died young), John J., 
Daniel, Helen M., Martha fdied young), Elizabeth'J-, and Nancj"- 
Ann. "He served through the late war in the 73rd Ohio Volun- 
teer Infantry Regiment ; marched with Sherman's army to the 
sea ; was in the grand review at Washington, at the close of the 
war and was mustered out of the service at Louisville, Kentucky, 
with his Regiment ; moved to Nebraska in 1870, and died Feb- 
ruary 20, 1886. His wife is still living (1892), at 72 years of 
age." He was a fluent talker and had good command of the 
English and German languages. 

6. Hon. James H. Kyner, son of John the third, son of 
John the second, son of John the first, son of Conrad, son of 
Michael Keinadt and Margaret his wife, nee Diller, the Progeni- 
tors of the American family, was born at Lancaster, Ohio, Sep- 
tember 28, 1846. He enlisted in the army, October 10, 1861, in 
Co. F. 46 O. V. I., Twhen 15 years old) and lost his right leg 
below the knee at the battle of Pittsburg Landing (Shilo), April 
6, 1862. He moved to Nebraska, January. 1870; was elected a 
member of the State Legi'^lature from the city of Omaha, in 1880, 
and again in 1892. He married Naomi Conrad, at Lancaster, 
Ohio, January 20, 1876. They have two sons, who only bear the 
name of Kyner of the descendants of their grand father, or their 
great-grand father's children James H. Kyner is now (1892) 46 
years old, and lives at 2004 Sherman Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska. 

6. John J. Kyner, son of John the third, was born April 17, 
1852, at Lancaster, Ohio. Pie went with his father to Nebraska; 
is married and has no children; is a farmer, and lives at Pilger, 
Stanton County, Nebraska. 

6. Daniel Kyner, son of John, was born at Oakland, 
Ohio, April 27, 1857. He moved with his father to Nebraska; is 


married and has one daughter, lie is a farmer and lives at Nor 
folk, Nebraska. 

6. Helen M. Kyner, daugliter of John, was ])urn at An- 
derson, Indiana, April lo, 1848, and married I). K. Crampton, 
September 10, 18()r), at Oakland, Ohio; their issue : two daugh- 
ters, and one son; died 1875. 

<). Elizabeth J. Kyner, daughter of John, was Ixjrn (Oc- 
tober (), 1853, at Amanda, Ohio, and married h. A. Bartlett, at 
Norfolk, Nebraska, January 17, 18712; their issue : one son. Nor- 
folk, Nebraska. 

0. Nancy A. Kyner, daughter of John, was born Jan- 
uary 22, 1859, at Oakland, Ohio, and married Dr. I). R. Daniel, 
April 3, 1877, at Lincoln, Nebraska; their issue: three sons and 
two daughters, and reside in Norfolk, Nebraska. 

The George branch of Conrad. 

3. George Kyner, the son of Conrad, the son of Michael 
Keinadt and Margaret his wife, nee Diller, was born on "Cul- 
bertson's Row," Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He resided on 
his well equipped and improved farm, near the place of his nativ- 
ity until his death, at the age of 91 years. He was a well devel- 
oped man, with a bland countenance and ready to communicate. 
His venerable and patriarchal mein made an abiding impresbion 
on the mind of the writer, when he saw him at his home in No- 
vember, 1859. He was a good specimen of a contented and hap- 
py farmer. His first wife was a Miss Nye. Their children were: 
Mary, Margaret, Catharine, and John. 

4. Mary Kyner, daughter of George, married Samuel 
Thompson, a farmer in the same county. They were pleas- 
antly situated and reared a highly interesting family of cukivated 
daughters and sons; the latter took charge of the farm after the 
death of their father, which occurred before the year \sr}\), when 
the writer visited them. 

4. Margaret Kyner, daughter of George, married Joseph 
Coiner, of Virginia, a student at Getteysburg, a son of Philip, of 
Virgina, a son of the Progenitors. After residing in Virginia they 
removed to Jacksonville, Illinois, and there spent the remainder 
of their lives; their issue : John David. Mary, Martha, George, 
Thomas, and Emma. 


5. John D. Coiner, is a printer of Washington, D. C, 
and George and Thomas, of Kansas, sons of Joseph, Emma Tay- 
lor, deceased. 

5. Mary Coiner, daughter of Joseph and Margaret, mar- 
ried a Mr. Reber. vShippensburg, Pennsylvania. 

5. Martha Coiner, daughter of Joseph and Margaret, 
married a Mr. Williams, of Illinois. 

4. Catharine Kyner, daughter of George ; married Mr. 
Coldsmith, near Fayetteville ; both dead. 

4. John Kyner, son of George ; was not married and died. 

The second wife of George Kyner, was Mary Shields ; their 
issue are: Alexander W., Jane A., Euphemia C, D. T., and 

4, Alexander W. Kyner, son of George, was born and 
resides near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania ; has lived an active bus- 
iness life and is a prosperous farmer ; fully awake to current 
events. He married Elvira Read ; their children are : Eliza- 
beth, George A., and Euphemia. 

5. Elizabeth Kyner and Euphemia, daughters of Alex- 
ander W., Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. 

5. George A. Kyner, son of Alexander W., is an Attor- 
ney-at-Law, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

4. Jane A. Kyner, daughter of George, was born near and 
now resides in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. She is well edu- 
cated, cultured and is intelligent. She first married John C. Re- 
side, who died, leaving her a daughter, Mary Alice, who lived to 
be 42 years old, married W. C. Rodgers, of Adams County, Penn- 
sylvania, and died, leaving one daughter. Subsequently Jane A. 
married Thomas A. Marshall, near Fairfield, Adams County,' 
Pennsylvania, a farmer. Their children were : John Kyner, 
Virginia McLain, Reuel Musselman, living near Fairfield; Mar- 
garet Euphemia, died of lockjaw, at the age of 15; James B., 
is a physician, at Shippensburg, and Rebecca S, married Rev. J. 
R. Hykes, now (1892) a Missionary in China, who has been 
laboring for 11 years in that field. After the death of her hus- 
band, Mrs. Marshall conducted the farm for ten years and then 
retired to Shippensburg, to educate her two youngest children. 

4. Euphemia C. Kyner, daughter of George, married Mr. 
Duncan ; their issue : Mary and a son. Shippensburg, Penn. 

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4. Dk. D. T. Kvnkr, son of George, was born in Pennsyl- 
vania ; was educated a Physician, and settled in Macon, Illinois. 
His children, reported, are: Mary, Eva, Annie, and Arthur. 

Anxik Kynkr, daughter of George, married a Mr. McCor- 
niick, Knoxville, Tennessee. 

The Philip branch of Conrad. 

.'). Philip Kvner, the third son of Conrad, was born and 
lived near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer, and 
married a Miss Martin; their issue: Conrad, Elizabeth, and 
Mary Ann. 

4. Conrad Kyner, son of Philip, lived near his father. 
He was an excellent man ; quiet, unobtrusive, gentle and a pros- 
perous farmer. He married Eydia Kyner, the daughter of 
Michael, his uncle. She was a grand woman in person ; of strong 
and brilliant mind ; possessed extraordinary ability in ordering 
affairs ; plain, practical, and with all, possessed a kind and gen- 
erous disposition. They had but one child which died in infancy. 
They reared several orphan children, and befriended many in need 
and distress. Their 's is a noble example, which stands out prom- 
inently for the guidance of others — Christian character exemplified. 

The sisters Elizabeth and Mary Ann were not married. 
The whole family are now at rest. 

The Jacob Branch of Conrad. 

3. Jacob Kyner, the son of Conrad, son of the Progenitor, 
married first, Rebecca Myers, near Harper's Ferry, Virginia; their 
issue : Samuel, at Shippensburg; David, Elizabeth not married, 
and Margaret. 

4. David Kyner, son of Jacob, married Margaret Ander- 
son; their issue : William, of Kansas ; Charles, of Franklin, Iowa; 
Ella, married Mr. Stevens, of Colorado; C. E., of Iowa. 

4. Margaret Kyner, daughter of Jacob, married William 
Rice; their issue : Ida, Annie, Alice, Maggie, and William. 

The second wife of Jacob Kyner, was Margaret Etta; their 
i^sue : Lydia C, Thomas, Charlotte, Samuel, Emma, Sarah, 
Mary, and Jacob. 

4. Lydia C. Kyner, daughter of Jacob, married A. J. 
Hull, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 


4. Thomas Kyner, son of Jacob, died without children. 

4. Charlotte Kyner, daughter of Jacob, married a Mr. 

4. Samuel Kyner, son of Jacob, married Miss McNulty, 
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. 

4. Emma Kyner, married Amos McNair; their issue : 
William H., Emma M., and Ella K. 

4. Sarah Kyner, daughter of Jacob, married Frank Eyer, 
Scotland, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. 

4. Mary Kyner, daughter of Jacob, married Augustus 
Etter, of Chambersburg, Pennsjdvania. 

4. Jacob Kyner, son of Jacob, Orrstown, Pennsylvania. 

The IVIichael branch of Conrad. 

3. Michael Kyner, son of Conrad, son of Michael 
Keinadt, the Progenitor, was born, reared, lived and died at his 
paternal home, in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. This is the 
homestead of the Conrad branch; the seat of the Revolutionary 
Patriot; of activity and permanent prosperity, not only of a large 
family, but a valuable contribution to the beautiful Cumberland 
Valley of historic fame. Michael was tall and erect, with char- 
acteristic arched forehead, black hair and heavy eyebrows; of 
quick perception; of a mirthful and sociable disposition, and an ex- 
cellent farmer. He was twice married. His first wife was Lydia 
Bittle, a cousin of the Rev. D. F. Bittle, D. D., the distinguished 
founder and President of Roanoke College, Va. The children of 
this marriage are : Lydia, John, and Thomas. 

4. Lydia Kyner, daughter of Michael, married Conrad, 
the son of Philip Kyner. They were without living issue. 
Their's was the abode of abundance, of quiet enjoyment and 
works of charity. 

4. John Kyner, the son of Michael, had a warm and gen- 
erous heart, sociable and kind. His first wife was Julia Marks; 
their issue : Alfred and Charles. 

5. Alfred K. Kyner, son of John, the son of Michael, 
the son of Conrad, married Martha J. Spencer, in IS(V2 ; their 
issue : Maggie H., Martha S., D. Foster, Lydia B., Charles L-, 
Mrytle V., and Nellie. Martinsburg, W. Va. 

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5. CiiAKij-:? r,. Kyx]':r, son of John, ni;in-i(.'(l Clara iMckur: 
their issue : Ro])ert, Alfred, Mary, John, and Hoj'd. Wilson, 

The second wife of John, was Sarah Johnston; their issue : 
Lydia Bell, John, William, James A., Thomas, liUa, Kdj:^ar, and 

5. John Kvnkr, son of John, is married ; issue unkown to 
the writer. Eustis, Nebraska. 

5. WiLUAM KynER, son ol John, married and had one 
child. He is now dead. 

5. Thomas Kyner, son of John, is a druggist, in Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. 

The address of the rest of this family is at this time, Orrs- 
town, Pennsylvania. 

4. Thomas Kyner, son of Michael, married Catharine 
Zettle, of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania; their issue : Adaline, Mary, 
William T., and George F. 

5. Adaline Kyner, daughter of Thomas, married Mr. 
Rigart, of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. 

r>. Mary Kyner, daughter of Thomas, married Mr. Kil- 
linger, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. 

5. William T. and George F. Kyner, sons of Thomas, 
live at Lone Elm, Colony County, Kansas. 

The second wife of Thomas Kyner, was Margaret McKey; 
no issue. 

The second wife of Michael was Susan Weigart ; their chil- 
dren were: Michael, Eliza, William and Mary A. 

4. Michael Kyner, son of Michael, the son of Conrad, 
the son of the Progenitors, married Ann C. Cressler ; their issue: 
Frank Alonzo, Susan Mary, Lydia Bell, John Michael, Minnie 
Hassler, and Albert Willaby. 

5. Frank Alonzo, and Anna E., his wife, have issue: 
Robert C, Arra M., Maggie S., Leah H., Lydia A., Willie M., 
and Edston F. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. 

5. John Kyner, son of Michael, of Philadelphia, Penn. 

5. Albert Kyner, son of Michael, of Baltimore, Maryland. 

5. Susan M. Kyner, daughter of Michael, married James 
B. Johnston ; their issue : Maggie B., and Hays C, of Shippens- 
burg, Pennsylvania. 


5. LvDiA B. Kyner, daughter of Michael, married Linn 
D. Murry, of Shippensburg, Pennslyvania. 

5. Minnie H. Kyner, daughter of Michael, married Gilman 
Ashburner ; their issue : Margaret C. Address No. 313, E. N. 
Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. 

4. William Kyner, son of Michel the third ; married Mar- 
garet Baker. He is now dead. 

4. Mary A. Kyner, daughter of Michael, son of Conrad 
of Revolutionary memory, was born and reared in Franklin 
County, Pennsylvania ; married Simeon Coyner, son of Jacob, 
son of Casper, of Virginia. She was devoted to her husband, 
and exhausted the best medical skill, and her personal untiring 
efforts for his relief, when on his death-bed. On her was de- 
volved the young family and the farms. The former was educated 
at home in domestics, and elaborately in books, at the celebrated 
schools of the City of Staunton, Virginia. She inherited from 
her father and grand-father that rare tact and ability, in the conduct 
of affairs, which enabled her to excel in profitable farming. 
Their issue and decendants are reported in the Sixth Grand 

The Casper Branch of Conrad. 

3. Casper Kiner, the son of Conrad, the son of Michael, 
the Progenitor, was born March, 1795, near Shippensburg, Penn- 
sylvania. He married in LSI 8, Elizabeth Mock. She was born, 
October 30, ISOO. They moved, in 1S25, to Ohio, and settled 
near Columbus. They had eleven children. One died when an 
infant. Casper died, January 11, 1861; Elizabeth died, August 

27, 1873. Their children : 

4. Michael, was born September 12, 1818, and died March 
2(;, 1850. 

4. Margaret Ann, was born January 1, 1821, and died 
February 29, 1850. 

4. Jacob, was born February 20, 1823, died May 9, 1892. 
4. Martha Jane, was born April 4, 1820, [and died May 
22, 1872. 

4. Lucikda, was born September 1 1 , 1828, and died March 

28, 1850. 

4. Amanda, was born May 20, 1831. 


4. Mar V, was born September 2(5, IS;{.'{, and died August 
1«, 1873. 

4. EiJZARKTir, was born January l-">, IS.'JC, aiul died April 
S, ]87;3. 

4. Joseph Hknry, was born Deceniljer 10, 1^'M. 

4. John, was born July 22, 1841. 

4. Michael Kiner, son of Casper, was born near Shii)- 
pensburg, Pennsylvania, and went with his parents to Ohio; mar- 
ried Sarah Meigs, in 1886. She died January 28, lS8i>. Their 
issue : 

5. Joseph, was born October, 1837. Columbus, Ohio. 

5. lyUCY Jane, was born February, 18.'>9. Topeka, Kansas. 

5. Jacob, was born February, 1842. Mifflinville, Ohio. 

5. John Stuart, was born 1844. Columbus, Ohio. 

5. Frank, was born 1846. North Columbus, Ohio. 

5. George, was born 1S4G. Died 1847. 

5. Sylvia, was born 1848. Columbus, Ohio. 

."). Newton, was born 1848. Columbus, Ohio. 

5. Lucy Jane, daughter of Michael Kiner, son of Casper, 
son of Conrad, son of the Progenitor, married in l.^r)(J, Horace 
Smith, at Columbus, Ohio; their issue : 

<). Clarence, was born 1857. 

6. Anna, was born Februarj^ 1859; now of Topeka, 

5. Jacob Kiner, the son of Michael, son of Casper, &c., 
married Matilda Agler, March 24, 1864, near Columbus, Ohio ; 
their issue : 

<). Ulyses Everett, was born January 25, 1867. 

6. F'rederick, was born April 4, 1871 ; died April <!, 1871. 
6. Valore, was born January 11, 1874. 

(). Viola, was born July 21, 187(5. « 

6. Vivian, was born October 15, 1878 ; died September 
24, 1884. 

6. Van Sweeden, was born October 3, 1880. 
6. Jacob, was born May 18, 1882. 
6. Horace, was born June 5, 1884. 

6. Ulyses E. Kiner, the son of Jacob, son of Michael, son 
of Casper, son of Conrad, of Pennsylvania, son of Michael Keinadt, 
the Progenitor, married Anna Fisher ; their children are ' 

7. Harry E., was born December 5, 1886. 


7. Mable, was born August 13, 1888. 

5. John S., the fouth son of Michael, son of Casper, mar- 
ried Emma Lepps, of Columbus. Ohio; no issue. 

5. Frank Kiner, son of Michael, &c., married Maggie 
Flinn, of Columbus, Ohio; children : Mabel, was born 1874, and 
Elias Gleason. 

5. Sylvia Kiner, daughter of Michael, married John Carry 
in 18G2 ; children : 

6. Edward, married. 

6. Agnes, married Ira Kinser; Alvin and Grace. 
6. Crace, married Lewis Pennell ; all of Columbus, Ohio. 
5. Newton Kiner, the eighth son of Michael, married 
Amanda Hupp ; children : 

G. Adie, Harry and others ; Columbus, Ohio. 

4. Amanda Kiner, the daughter of Casper, the son of 
Conrad, of Pennsylvania, &c., is a lady of decided sprightliness 
and intelligence, and married Nathaniel Smith, February 4, 1849; 
their issue : 

5. John C, was born November 5, 1849. 
5. Charles W., was born July 11, 1852. 
5. Elizabeth M., was born May 22, 1853. 
5. Polly A., was born April 29, 1859. 

5. Emma J., was born January 6, 18G1. 

5. Olive E., was born January 13, 1864. 

5 John Casper Smith, the son of Nathaniel, married 
Eunice C. Calhoun, December Ist, 1870, Galloway, Ohio; issue: 
G. Norah G., was born May 6, 1873. 

6. Ora M., was born May G, 1873. 

G. Charles N,, was born November 18, 1875. 

G. Winnie G., was born July 8, 1878. 

G. Clara P., was born May 28, 1881. 

6. Amanda B., was born February 11, 1885. 

6. Ettie L., was born November 29, 1887. 

5. Charles Wi^sley Smith, the son of Nathaniel, mar- 
ried Eva Seward, April 1877 ; child: William Edwin, born June 
13, 1887. North Columbus, Ohio. 

5. Elizabeth Mahalia Smith, daughter of Nathaniel, 
married Henrj^ Pillow, in 1883 ; no issue. Columbus, Ohio. 


5. Polly Ann Smith, the daiighter of Nathaniel, married 
C. E. Scott, Ma}', 1877; child : Charles Klmer, born November 
1>1, 1878. Columbus, Ohio. 

5. Emma J. Smith, daughter of Nathaniel, married Wal- 
lace McDowell, November 28, 1884; no children. Columbus, O. 

4. Margaret A. Kiner, the daughter of Casper, son of 
Conrad of Pennsylaania ; married Solomon Hajs in 18;i() ; their 
issue : 

5. Mary, was born November 27, 18.'>7. 
5. George, was born April 14, 1840. 

5. Solomon, was born July 14, 1842. 

5. John, was born October 1(1, 1844. 

5. Lucinda, was born April 12, 184(5. 

5. Robert, was born February 28, ISaO, died April, 1850. 

5. Mary Hays, the daughter of Solomon, married Jonathan 
Coe ; children : 

(3. Nettie, was born January 27, 1857; died August 22, 

(3. RuSSEL, was born September 22, 1863. 

6. Clara, was born September 15, 1865. 

6. Laura, was born January 11, 1869 ; died April 22, 

6. Henry, was born August .'JO, 1877. Mifflinville, O. 

5. George Hays, son of Solomon, married Jane Rupe. 
They have children, and reside at Shadesville, Ohio. 

5. Solomon Hays, son of Solomon, married Eliza Denune. 
North Columbus, Ohio. 

5. John Hays, son of Solomon, married and lives at 
Bloorafield, Ohio. 

5. EuciNDA Hays, daughter of Solomon, married James 
Mitchel. North Columbus, Ohio. 

4. Jacob Kiner, son of Casper, son of Conrad, of Pennsyl- 
vania, married Eovecia Smith, May 7. 1852 ; children : 

5. Lucy E., was born December 7, 1852 ; died January 7, 

5. Laura J., was born November 30, 1853. 

5. Maurice E., was born February 13, 1855; died March 8, 

5. Letitia M., was born January 14, 1870. 


5. Laura J. Kiner, daughter of Jacob, daughter of Casper, 
married George McDaniel, November 17, 1875. at Columbus, 
Ohio; children : 

6. Wallace K.. was born December 20, 1876. 

6. Oliver J., was born February 17, 1878; died November 
20, 1889. 

5. Letitia M., Kiner, daughter of Jacob, married George 
Jennings, February 22, 1890 ; child : Ethel Rosetta, born Decem- 
ber 3, 1891. Clinton ville, Ohio. 

4. Martha Jane Kiner, daughter of Casper, son of Con- 
rad, married William Ream; children: Mary I.., born December 
12, 1844; and John C, born October 25, 1846, and died Septem- 
ber 16, 1891. 

5. Mary Louise Ream, the daughter of William, married 
first Michael Mock; their issue : Mamie, born August 19, 1865— 
married; and Willie and Jane, both deceased. Her second hus- 
band — Frank VanOrman; children : 

6. Willie, was born December, 21,1872 — married. 
6. Maude, was born February 19, 1876— married. 

6. Ortie, was born August 5, 1880. 

6. Freddie, was born September 10, 1883. This family 
lives at Cleveland, Ohio. 

5. John C. Ream, son of William, married Frances Har- 
ken, of Columbus, Ohio. 

4. LuciNDA Kiner, daughter of Casper, married Lafayette 
Lazelle, September 25, 1848; their issue : 

5. Ellis, was born January 3, 1850. He married Mary B. 
, of Helmick, Ohio. 

4. Elizabeth Kiner, daughter of Casper, married Lafay- 
ette Lazelle, March 1852; children : 

5. Oliver M., was born in 1860, is married and lives at 
Loganport, Indiana. 

5. Elizabeth, married Marion Buckaloo ; have children 
and live at Dallas, Iowa. 

4. Joseph Henry Kiner, son of Casper, married Kate 
Denune, February 19, 1845; their issue : 

5. Jennie M., was born August 10, 3 864, and died Septem- 
ber 5, 1875. 

5. Alice M. , was born January 22, 1866; married — Streets. 


5. Et.lis M., was born May 21, l.SOS ; married aiul has one 

5. Ki.MKR M., was born July 1S>, 1871. 

5. Cr^AYTON W., was born May 27, 1S72 ; died August I, 

5. Lambert M., was born July 11, 1874. 

5. Jestkr M., was born December 11>, 1S7(). 

f). Grace A., was born October 20, 1S7<S; died April 11, 

5. Amber C; was born February 21, 1880. 

5. Emma P., was born October ;}0, 1882. 

5. Charles, was born July i, 1884 ; died July 12, 1884. 

5. Icy M., was born November 24, 188G ; died 0, 
1887. Mifflinville, Ohio. 

Elizabeth branch of Conrad. 

3. Elizabeth Kyner, daughter of Conrad, married Sam- 
uel Weaver ; were without issue — moved to Ohio and died there. 

Third Grand Division — George Michael. 

2. (Second Generation.) George Michael the third son of 
Michael Keinadt and Margaret, nee Diller. was born in Lancaster 
County, Pennsylvania, June 10, 1758. He was born a British 
subject and was identified with the scenes and trials of Colonial 
life. Later, he was engaged in the Revolutionary struggle for the 
Independence of the Colonies from the mother country. He also, 
with his two elder brothers, was a soldier in the Pennsylvania 
quotas ot troops. In personal appearance, doubtless, he re- 
sembled his father very much, from the descriptions given of the 
latter. The writer remembers George Michael, as of medium size, 
with dark eyes and complexion, arching forehead, aquiline nose, 


heav}' e3"ebrows and voice voluminous. This was his appearance 
after he had passed his three score and ten, as remembered by a 
youth of good memor}-. He married in Pennsylvania, a Miss 
Fosler, to whom was there born his son George. The latter re- 
lated, as of his earliest recollections, that when six 3fears old, he 
road on horseback to Virginia, seated on saddle-pockets contain- 
ing specie, in company with his father. The wife of George 
Michael died in Pennsylvania. He moved to Virginia about 
1789, and settled on the "Long Meadows," in Augusta County, 
where he spent the remainder of his life. He made himself a 
beautiful and productive farm, which is yet in the possession of 
his son Michael A., and his grand-son James D. Koiner ; — a con- 
tinuous holding of more than 100 years. He acquired other farms 
and properties ; one of which was the Estel lot, in the town of 
Waynesboro, on which was erected one of the first brick houses 
in the place. 

His second wife was Susanna Hawpe, daughter of Rudolph 
and Catharine Hawpe, of Augnsta County, Virginia. Her broth- 
ers were : Henry, John, Emanuel and Adam, deceased; sisters, 
Mary Sights, and Betsy Mummaw. Adam Hawpe's children 
were : Elizabeth, Rudolph, and George. 

Susanna was tall, slender and delicate. This union resulted 
in a large and prosperous family : their issue: Elizabeth, Cath- 
erine, Susan, Mary, Isabella, • Cynthia Ann, David Diller and 
Rebecca— twins, and Michael Alexander. The parents and older 
children were members of the old Lutheran Family Church, 
where their births and baptisms were recorded ; but subsequently, 
connected with the Reformed and Lutheran Congresration, at 
Zion's Church, a nearer place. George Michael Koiner died 
June 30th, 1840, aged 82 years. Susanna, his wife, was born in 
1773; died December 18, 1817. Both were buried at Keinadt's 
Church — now Trinity — Monumental. In addition to the Progen- 
itors, there are six of their venerable sons buried in this sacred 


The Georfje of George Mlrhael. 

'^. GjiOKGiv KoiNKR, the soil of George Michael, was born 
October 10, 17W7, in Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania. About the 
3'ear 1793, his father brought him to Virginia. He was a smart 
and quick boy, of great usefulness tu his father, in those stirring 
times, and did not marry Imtil he was ."{S years old. His gentle- 
ness and courtes)^ distinguished him as "(lentleman Georj^e." 
He was a subaltern officer in the military company of Captain 
Brisco G. Baldwin (Judge Baldwin), and serv^ed in the war of 
1812 with England. He was industrious and successful in busi- 
ness — a fanner. He taught school, several terms, to oblige his 
neighbors. There were no public schools then. Forbearance 
and kindness were leading characteristics of his life. The horse 
which he was riding was frightened by a railway train and threw 
him: from the injuries received, he died November 25, IS(ir), aged 
79 years. 

He married, June 9, 1820, Mary, the daughter of Casper 
Koiner. She was born March 27, 1798. She died December 31, 
1808, aged 71 years. She was a true woman and help-mate, to 
rear a family and build a fortune. They were both earnest Chris- 
tians and members of the Lutheran church, at Bethlehem, 
Augusta County, Virginia, where they are resting, and their 
graves properly marked. When on his death bed, he was asked 
what his hopes were beyond this life, he replied, "I have the 
promises." What is more certain than God's promises? Their 
children were : Julia Ann, Cyrus, and Virginia Margaret. 

4. Julia Ann Koiner, daughter of George, was born 
June <), 1821. She married the Rev. Jacob Killian, a Lutheran 
Minister of the Tennessee Synod ; son of Henry Killian of 
North Carolina. He was a good speaket, sociable, generous, 
kind, laborious and forbearing. He had three houses of worship 
erected, and organized two new congregations, during his minis- 
try. His was a toilsome life, not only for his own people, but 
for the surrounding country, with little compensation, but the 
satisfaction of doing good. Mrs. Killain had great energy and 
did very much, in the absence of her husband, to advance the in- 
terests of their family. She died November 20, 1877. aged ")()•] 
years. Rev. Killian was born in Lincoln County, North Caro- 
lina, June 8,1818; entered the Ministry, May 11, I8:>(>;died 


July 5, 1871, aged 58 \^ears. Both were buried at Bethlehem, 
Augusta County, Virginia, with appropriate monuments. Their 
children are: George Henry, Cyrus M., J. Pinkney, and Mary V. 
5. Capt. George H. Killian, the son of Julia A., and 
Rev. J. Killian, was born November, 1840. He inherited, in a 
large measure the congeniality and pleasantry of his father, and 
w^as a social favorite with his friends. He was a subaltern in 
company H. 5th Virginia regiment, "Stonewall Brigade," and 
rose to the Captaincy. He followed General T. J. Jackson in 
his extraordinary career ; was in many battles, until captured at 
the "Bloody Angle" in the battle of Spottsylvania, in 1864. He 
was one of the ship load of Confederate officers placed, by the 
Federals, under the Confederate fire, at Hilton Head, South Car- 
olina, to favor the operations of the Northern troops. After- 
wards they were held prisoners at Fort Pulaski, and finally re- 
turned to Fort Delaw^are, after an absence of twelve months, and 
there held, for some time after the close of the war. His account 
of the starvation and perils of that memorable occasion, was ap- 
palling. In a battle at Winchester, Virginia, when in close 
quarters, an enemy turned to shoot him, when a brother of George 
.seeing the imminent peril, protected him by a shot. He experi- 
enced all the vicissitudes of that unfortunate war, from the begin- 
ning until after the end. He was a farmer, in Virginia, but 
moved to Florida ; thence to Decatur, Alabama, where he finally 
died of yellow fever, and there was buried. He married, during 
the war. Miss Sarah Anderson, daughter of the late John Ander- 
son, of Virginia. Their children are : Julia, who married Mr. 
Spotts, of Salem, Virginia, and Ollie, who married Mr. Warren, 
of Humbolt, Tennessee. 

5. Cyrus M. Killian, son of Julia A., and Rev. J. Killian 
was born, reared and educated, near Waynesboro, Virginia. He 
also po.ssesses the affable and pleasant disposition peculiar to his 
family. Young and sanguine, he entered the Confederate arm}^ 
with patriotic ardor and realized a full experience in soldering ; 
in the tent, the bivouac, the skirmish, the combat, the battle in 
its various forms, duration and severity on to-the "bldody-angle," 
at Spottsylvania, where he, with the Stonewall Brigade, was over- 
whelmed, flanked and captured. His prison career, at Fort Dela- 
ware and elsewhere, was equally varied, trying and perilous — a 
youth in his teens, shifting for an existence among thousands of 


starving prisoners for more than a year ; facing disease and deaths, 
with a small-pox bedfellow, at one time, with impunity. A 
veteran soldier for four jears ; of the last prisoners released, he 
returned to farm and merchandise successful 1>'. His present resi- 
dence is Salem, \'irginia. He married Fannie Pence, of Rock- 
ingham County, Virginia, daughter of Joshua Pence; their issue: 
Floyd, a graduate of Roanoke College, Virginia, and studied law 
at the Universit}^ of Virginia; Wirt, a business man and farmer ; 
Melvin, a good student and graduate of Roanoke College; a 
prospective candidate for the Gospel Ministry. 

5. Dr. J. P. KiLLiAN, son of Rev. J. Killian, was born in 
Augusta County, Virginia. He was in part educated at Roanoke 
College. He commenced the study of medicine with the distin- 
guished Dr. Hunter McGuire, of Richmond, Virginia. After- 
wards he graduated in medicine at the University of Xew York. 
He located in the vicinity of Waynesboro and practiced his pro- 
fession successfully for many years. He is a sprightly man; a 
good physician; a pillar to good society and an active member of 
the Lutheran church. He married Bettie Smith, of Nelson 
County, Virginia, an excellent lady, who presides over the house- 
hold with dignity, composure and patience. Their children are : 
Lelia, Alda, Mary Erma, and Kenneth ; all minors. He has 
recently moved to Salem, Virginia, to the great regret of his for- 
mer patrons and friends. 

r>. Mary V. Killian, daughter of Rev. J. Killian, was 
w^ell educated ; an accomplished and excellent lady ; married 
Alpheus M. Bowman, of Rockingham County, Virginia. He 
was also a soldier. He has a good mind — educated in current 
literature; by his own tact and ability has attained prominence in 
business circles. As a thoroghbred live stock man, he has a 
national reputation. He is president of several important im- 
provement companies; a member of various Boards, and with all, 
a very sagacious political manager, at which he has figured for 
some years. Their children are Vance, Shelden, Rice (deceased), 
Eula (a talented girl), Mabel, Alpheus, and Jacob; all in their 
minority. Salem, Virginia. 

4. Cyrus Koiner, son of George, son of Geprge Michael, 
son of the Progenitor, was born January 8, 1820. He was a good 
farmer and live-stock man, and possessed a kind and forbearing dis- 
position. He was raised in abundance and prosperity ; but, his 


parents, with good judgment and attention, thoronghl}' grounded 
him in the arts and theory of his profession. He married Cathe- 
rine M. Zirkle, a daughter of Daniel Zirkle, of Rockingham 
County, Virginia. She was well educated, cultivated, intelli- 
gent, possessed much personal beauty, dignity, and wnth all, was 
a true help -mate to her husband. She died June 7, 1870, aged 
39 3'ears. He died September 25, 1889, aged 63 years. Their 
children are . George Wellington and Arthur Zirkle. 

5. George W. Koiner, son of Cjtus, was born September 
2, 1852. He is a graduate of Roanoke College ; is a farmer by 
occupation , of quick perception, a ready and handsome speaker ; 
takes deep interest in public affairs ; pushed with zeal and ability 
the Grange and Alliance organizations ; an efficient organizer 
and i)olitician ; in the year 1891, was elected a representative of 
the County of Augusta and City of Staunton, Virginia, to the 
House of Delegates of Virginia. He held other positions effi- 
ciently, and is a rising man. He married Augusta V. Farrer, 
daughter of Cyrus Farrer, ot Montgomery County, Virginia ; a 
handsome woman, of fine talents for music, which she rendered 
useful in the sacred choir. Their issue: Hattie May, Catherine 
Lewis, Mary Alice, Arthur Wellington, and Malinda McLanahan. 

5. Dr. Arthur Z. Koiner, son of Cyrus, was born Feb- 
ruary 26, 1855, and reared in Augusta Count3^ Virginia. He 
graduated at Roanoke College, Virginia ; he graduated in Medi- 
cine, at the University of Virginia, and at the University in the 
City of New York. He afterwards took a special course on the 
Eye and Ear. He went to Goettingen, Europe, and studied 
German ; thence to Vienna and studied medicine again. He 
traveled over portions of the Continent and visited the Fatherland 
home of the Koiner family, at Winterlingen, in the Kingdom of 
Wurtemburg. There he examined the records of the family 
church (Lutheran,) and discovered the earliest history of the 
lamily which gave a clew, which has enabled us to trace with 
greater certainty the genealogy to the present time. After com- 
pleting his tour of Europe, he returned home and located for 
practice of his profession, at Richmond, Virginia. . 

He was a stranger here, and but a youth, yet, he soon made 
friends and obtained business. His thorough preparation, led to 
his selection to Lecture, on a branch of the course, taught in 
Richmond Medical College. But, the ca'' y impressions of his 


College days were so lasting, that he returned to join hands with 
Miss Frances Simmons, of Salem, \'irginia, an excellent lady. 
Continuing his practice, at Richnumd, until the village of "IJig 
Lick" indicated future greatness, he then settled there, at the right 
time, and grew with the growth of the town, which soon became 
the "Magic City;" and he, with his fine (jualifications, kept on 
the crest of the wave of prosperity, and still stands at the head of 
his profession, in a prosperous business. But here he sustained 
the sad loss of his companion, without issue. She was buried in 
the cemetery, at Salem. His business accumulated as Surgeon 
of the Norfolk & Western Railway at that city, and prosperity 
smiled upon him, as on the new city. He took a second wife, 
Miss Lizzie Simmons, a charming girl, daughter of Captain 
Sparrel Simmons, of Salem, Virginia. From this marriage there 
is a daughter, Frances Kathrina Susan, a late, but very welcome 
visitor. Roanoke, Virginia. 

4. Virginia M. Koiner, daughter of George, was born 
March 1, 1829; was well educated, finishing at the Augusta Fe- 
male Seminary, at Staunton, Virginia. She was pretty, vivacious 
and attractive to the writer. She joined in marriage with Absa- 
lom Koiner, then a young lawyer at Staunton. She was a 
thoroughly instructed helpmate and house-wife, competent to 
take care of herself. 

The Elizabeth branch of George IVIichael. 

;5. Elizabeth Koiner, the daughter of George Michael, on 
the "Long Meadows," was born May 30, 179(1. She related 
many occurrences, privations, experiences and innocent joys of 
that early period for the entertainment of her children. She had 
six sons and three daughters. Her life was an example of indus- 
try, kindness, affection and patience ; but, with all, preserved res- 
pectful obedience from her children. Her husband was Jacob 
Coyner, son of Casper; of whom, see Sixth Grand Division. 

The Catharine branch of George Michael. 

3. Catharine Koiner, the daughter of George Michael, 
the mother of a large and prosperous family. She married Mich- 
ael Coyner, son of Casper. See Sixth Grand Division. 


The Susan branch of George IVIichael. 

3. Susan Koiner, daughter of George Michael, was born 
May 26, 1811 ; perished in the flames of of a burning kitchen, in 
the view of her mother, without abilitj^ to rescue. The narration 
of the calamity by the stricken mother, was appalling. 

The IVIary branch of George Michael, 

3. Mary Koiner, daughter of George Michael, married 
Alexander McComb; their issue : Susan, James K., Sarah, David 
and Isabella. 

1. Susan McComb, married Alexander Long; their issue : 
Viola, and Agnes. Susan was thrown from her carriage by a 
iirightened horse and killed. 

5. Viola Long, daughter of Alexander Long, married Cor- 
nelius Koiner; their issue: Hally, and Shelton. 

5. Agnes Long, daughter of Alexander Long, married 
James Wilson; their issue : Minnie, and Sarah. 

4. James K. McComb, married Clara Whealer, of Ports- 
mouth, Virginia. 

4. Sarah McComb, daughter of Alexander, married John 
Hodge; their issue : William. 

5. William Hodge, son of John, married first, Jennie Ar- 
mentrout ; their issue : Texy, John, Thomas, and Jennie. His 
second wife was Sallie Brooks, Stuart's Draft, Virginia. 

4. David McComb, son of Alexander, married Mary Vir- 
ginia White; their issue : William Alexander, Herbert Bryan 
(dead), and Valley Delany. Arbor Hill, Augusta County, Va. 

5. Valley D. McComb, son of Alexander, married Luther 
L. H. Koiner, of Fishersville, Virginia. 

4. Isabella McComb, daughter of Alexander, married 
Charles Palmer ; their issue: Millard Filmore. Robert Alexander, 
Irene Bell, Mary Alberta, Sallie Henderson (deceased), William 
Lewis, Minnie Massie, Louisa Blanchie, Charles Ernest (deceased), 
James Stacy, Nellie Austin, and Genivee Howard. 


The Isabella branch of George Michael. 

o. IsAHEM,A KoiNKR, daughter of George Michael, son of 
the Progenitor, married Colonel George Hayhjr ; "a self made 
man," of stability, good judgment, of strict integrity, pui)lic spir- 
ited, courageous, generous; a zealous Democrat, beginning his 
activit}^ in the days of Andrew Jackson ; a zealous Lutheran 
Churchman. He held various minor public offices ; was Captain 
of the Waynesboro Light Infantry, and buried, with nnlitary 
honors General Robert Porterfield of Revolutionary memory : 
was Colonel of .'VJ Regiment Virginia militia. He was opposed 
to secession, as a remedy for the political troubles of the coun- 
try ; and was elected a representative from Augusta County, to 
the State Convention, to consider of the subject. His colleagues 
were Honorable A. H. H. Stuart and Colonel John B. Baldwin. 
When the State seceded, he signed the ordinance of secession and 
adhered loyally to her fortunes. He commenced the practice 
of Law late ; such was the confidence of the people in his hon- 
esty and fidelity, that he always had practice. He died, and was 
buried in the cemetery at Staunton, Virginia, possessing the con- 
fidence of the country. 

The children of Isabella and Colonel Baylor are : Junius 
(deceased), Amanda, Susan, Elizabeth, Frances, George Milton, 
Newton A., Preston A., Eleanor, and Laura. 

4. Amanda Baylor, the daughter of Isabella and Colonel 
George, married Dr. Aureleus McChe'^ney, a Physician of emi- 
nence and of great usefulness in the community of Middlebrook, 
Augusta County, Virginia; their children are : Clara and Junius. 

5. Clara McChesnp:y, daughter of Amanda and Aureleus, 
married Dr. R. A. Berry, of Birmingham, Ala. 

5. Junius McChesney, daughter of Amanda and Aureleus. 
married Jennie, daughter of Dr. Grove, of Kirksville, Missouri ; 
their issue : Aureleus and Mary Virginia 

4. Susan Baylor , daughter of Isabella and Colonel George, 
married Dr. Henry Eichelberger ; their issue are : George Baylor 
(deceased), Hugh Gilbert, Harry Lewis, Mamie Bell (deceased), 
Charles Preston, and Katie Edith. 

5. Hugh G. Eichelberger, married Sadie C. Crawford ; 
their issue : Hugh Crawford. He is a practicing lawyer, of 
Staunton, Virginia. 


4. Frances Baylor, married C. S. Baker, an excellent gen- 
tlemen!; issue : KatieBell, Fannie B., and Bessie C. 

4. George M. Baylor, married Elizabeth Hoover ; issue: 
May, Frank and Gains. 

4. Newton A. Baylor, son of Colonel Baylor, was a busi- 
ness man ; brisk, obliging, polite and kind. He married Izetta 
Alice, the daughter of Major A. Koiner. She died early. He 
inarried again, Minnie Marmaduke of Missouri ; their issue : 
Paul M. a sprightly youth, Virginia, Isabel, and Evaline. 

4. Preston A. Baylor, son of Colonel George, was edu- 
cated at Staunton and Roanoke Colleges . He studied Law at the 
Univessity of Virginia and practiced his profession in the Courts 
of Staunton, Virginia. 

4. Eleanor Baylor, married James O. Hobbs, a merchant. 
A good man. Roanoke, Virginia. 

4. Eaura Baylor, married Charles W. Freeman, a lawyer, 
now of Washington, D. C. 

The Cynthia "R. branch of George Michael. 

3. Cynthia A. Koiner, daughter of George Michael, mar- 
ried Colonel George W. Allen, who was a man of education and 
culture ; a merchant, farmer, teacher, and Aid to General Price 
of Missouri, in the late war, and was killed in the battle of Oak 
Hill, Missouri. Their issue are: James W., Frances Susan (de- 
ceased;, Mary Jane, Sarah Isabella (deceased), iilizabeth Virginia, 
deceased), Margaret Ervin, and Rebecca Ann, deceased. 

4. James W. Allen, a sprightly man, son of George W., 
married Mary McCune ; their issue are : John McCune, Eaura 
Moss, Lucy Ann, and Ruth Amra. St. Louis, Mi.ssouri. 

4. Sarah I. Allen, the daughter of George W., married 
Joseph Burke ; their issue : George Allen, Irene, and Ethel. 

5. Irene Burke, daughter of Sarah and Joseph, married 
Edward Ellis ; issue: Sophia. 

4. Margaret E. Allen, daughter of George W., married 
Robert G. Montague ; their issue : Lawrence Allen, Lucy Ann 
'deceased). Marshall, Missouri. 


Tjne David D. branch of George Michael. 

3. David I). Koinkk, the son of George Micliael, tlie son 
of the Progenitors, married, first, Celestine, daughter of John 
Cohvell ; their issue: John C, Susan Kllen, George Michael, 
Annie, Artemus, Mar\', and Fannie Johnson. 

4. Susan Ellen Koiner, daughter of David D., married 
Ira Miller; their issue : Lj'nwood David, Charles Allen, William 
Cohvell, Harry, Nora, William, Bertie, and Richard; Luray, Va. 

4. George M. Koiner, son of David D., son of George 
Michael, son of the Progenitor, married Martha Deal, daughter 
of George W. Deal and Rebecca, nee Koiner; their issue : Alma, 
and Floyd. Mt. Leonard, Mo. 

4. Annie Koiner, daughter of David D., married Jacob 
Shaner; their issue : Celestine, Harry, Myrtle, Luther, Carrie, and 
Samuel. Staunton, Virginia. 

4. Artemus Koiner, son of David D.,' married Elizabeth 
Fauver ; their issue; Newton Cabell, Kemper, Effie, Mary, 
Alma, Joseph David, Mamie E. (dead), and \''astine Artemus. 
Waynesboro, Va. 

5. Np:\vton C. Koiner, son of Artemus, married Edith 
Elam, daughter of Hon. W. C. Elam. 

4. Marv C. Koiner, daughter of David D., married Ben- 
jamin F. Coiner; their issue : Hugh, Mary M., Meta, Wilmina 
Barb, and Nora Catharine. 

The Rebecka branch of George Michael. 

3. Rebecca Koiner, twin sister to David D., born May, 
1815, daughter of George Michael, the son of the Progenitor, 
married Capt. George W. Deal, of Waynesboro, Va. After resid- 
ing there and in the vicinity, for some years, moved to near Mar- 
shall, Saline County, Mo., in the year 1 851 . Their issue : Susan 
Elian, John Newton, Estie V., Cornelia F., Mary E., Martha 
R., George Milton, Laura Ann (dead), Julian H., and Lucy Bell. 
Mt. Leonard, Mo. 

4. Susan E. Deal, daughter of George W. and Rebecca, 
was born in Virginia, and married James H. Halley, of ISlissouri; 
their issue : Henry S., Alice V., Warren W., Bettie E., Willie, 
Whitfield, Samuel (dead), Mattie, James A., Mary E., Oscar, and 


5. Henry S. Halley, son of Susan E., nee Deal, datrg-h- 
ter of Rebecca Deal, daughter of George Michael, the son of 
Michael Keinadt, the Progenitor, married Annie Tysdale ; their 
issue : Susan, Virgil, Hallem, and Walter. 

5. Alice V. Halle5\ daughter of Susan E., nee Deal, mar- 
ried Thomas Hutton; their issue: Pearl, Mary, Joseph, Willie. 

5. Warren W. Halley, son of Susan, nee. Deal, married 
Kate Davis ; issue : Lee, Harry, &c. 

5. Whitfield Halley, son of Susan E., nee, Deal, mar- 
ried Woodin Nunn. 

5. Virginia Halley, married William Lanard. 

4. John Newton Deal, born at Waynesboro, Virginia, son 
of Rebecca, nee, Koiner, and Captain George Vv'., married Maggie 
Engleman, daughter of John Englenian and Elizabeth, nee, Koi- 
ner, of Texas ; late of Virginia ; issue : Annie, Birdie, Eugene 
and Willie, twins. 

4. Estie V. Deal, daughter of Rebecca, nee, Koiner, mar- 
ried Dr. Halley of Saline County, Missouri ; issue : Mollie, Vir- 
ginia, Joseph, Annie, and Eula. 

5. Annie Halley, daughter of Estie V., and Dr. Halley, 
married Henry Pelote ; issue : Halley, two girls and two boys. 

4. Cornelia F. Deal, daughter of Rebecca, nee Koiner, 
married Paul Schindofif ; issue : Minnie, Mary, Julia, Jane, Paul, 
Lilly Deal, Emarald, and Ermy. 

4. Mary E. Deal, daughter of Rebecca, married Robert 
James ; issue : Edna L., Robert F., Howard, Alpha and Beula. 

4. Martha R. De.^l, daughter of Rebecca and George W. 
married George Michael Coyner, late of Virginia; son of David 
Diller Coyner ; son of George Michael, the son of Michael Kai- 
nadt, the Progenitor; issue: Edward A., (deceased,; Jenettia, 
Alma L., Floyd S., Amanda, and Celia L. 

4. George M. Deal, the son oi Kebecca, nee, Koiner, 
married Katie Colbert ; their issue : George R., Leolie, Roy and 
Harmer K. 

4. Julian Deal, son of Rebecca, nee, Koiner, married 
Florence Fulkerson ; issue: Hubra Ray, Homer, Morris, and 

4. Lucy B. Deal, daughter of Rebecca, maraied Clay 


The Michael K. branch of George Michael. 

-S. Michael A. Coinicr, the son of George Michael, the 
son of Michael, the Progenitor, was born in LSIG, and reared on 
the "Long Meadows," Augusta County, Virginia. In personal 
appearance he was a good type of- the earlier generations of the 
famil}'^ ; — black hair, arching heavy eye-brows, keen black eyes, 
impulsive, resolute, ready of perception, humorous and generous. 
He married, first, Elizabeth Keiser, a lady of beauty and gentle- 
ness. Her house was the abode of hospitality and happiness. She 
was a daughter of Daniel and Mary Keiser, nee, Koiner. Their 
issue, living, are: James David, Mary Susan, and Preston A. 
His second wife was Mary J. Hawp, daughter of William Hawp, 
near Greenville. The issue from this marriage are : Garnet T., 
Herman and Homer, twins, and Bernice. 

4. James D. Coiner, was a student at Roanoke College, 
son of Michael A., son of George M., son of the Progenitor, 
married L. Caroline Keiser, of Mt Crawford, Rockingham 
County, Va.; their issue: Eugene, Philander, Eizzie Ella, Mary 
Christina, Camilla Florence, James Ira, Leonora, May Augusta, 
and Joseph Care. 

4. Mary S. Coiner, daughter of Michael, married Cyrus 
Mowry, son of George W. Mowry; their issue: William Alexan- 
der, Annie Bell, James Oscar, Mary Bettie. 

5. Annie B. Mowry, married a Mr. Flora; their issue : 
Gladys. Iowa. 

5. William A. Mowry, son of Susan and Cyrus, is married. 

5. Oscar Mowry, son of Susan and Cyrus, married Mrs. 

4. Preston A. Coiner, son of Michael A., married first, 
Emma Perry; their issue : Perry, Samuel, and Erwin. Second 
wife, Fannie Crist, daughter of Jacob Crist, of Nelson County, 
Va.; their issue: Haller, George, Preston, and Mary Lillian. 


Fourth Grand Division — Elizabeth. 

2. (Second Generation.) — Elizabeth, the daughter of 
Michael Keinadt and Margaret, nee, Diller, was born in I^ancas- 
ter County, Pennsylvania, about the year 1760. She married 
Christian Balsley, a native of Switzerland ; a gun-smith by occu- 
pation. At that early period, firearms were greatly in demand, 
not only for hunting, but for public defense. It is probable that 
some of his flint-lock arms were used by the Pennsylvania militia 
in the Revolutionary war. Christian Balsley had two brothers ; 
Peter and Jacob, and a sister, Elizabeth, who married Mr. Steep. 
The latter two, resided up the Monongahela river, 16 miles from 
Brownsville ; and were reported wealthy. Peter and Christian 
were in the American army. Christian was slender and tall, joc- 
ular and witty ; expert with his rifle, and known in his company 
as "the Swiss." His Captain called for his "Swiss," to give 
some well directed shots, to draw the English from their cover, 
which was the beginning of the Battle of Long Island. Here 
Peter Balsley was captured, and while a prisoner, was fed on 
bread, mixed with lime, which caused his death ; so, the family 
legend narrates the occurrences. 

Christian Balsley lived in Reading and Carlisle. His mar- 
riage with Elizabeth Keinadt occurred about 1783, in Lancaster 
County, Pennsylvania. Their children were : Catherine, George, 
Adam, Elizabeth, Jacob, John, Christian, Rebecca, Jonathan, 
Conrad, Samuel, Jesse, and Elijah. 

The Catherine branch .of Elizabeth. 

3. Catherine Balsley, daughter of Christian and Eliza- 
beth, the daughter of Michael Keinadt, was born in Lancaster 
County, Pennsylvania, about 1784. She married Samuel Nickey; 
their issue were: David, Jacob, Christian, Henry, Elizabeth Ann, 
and Rosa Ann. They were a cultivated and interesting family ; 
who, at an early date, emigrated to Illinois, — probably to Mont- 
gomery County. 

The George T^dam branch of Elizabeth. 

3. George Adam Balsley, son of Christian and Elizebeth, 
was born 1786, in Pennsylvania. He married Susan Erwin, of 
the "Long Glade," Augusta CuUi.ty, \ irgima; their issue were: 


George Washington, William Erwin , Margaret, Jane and ICliza, 
twins. They were successful in business and moved to Illinois. 

The Elizabeth branch of Elizabeth. 

3. Elizabeth Balsley, daughter of Christian and Eliza- 
beth, was born about 1788, in Pennsylvania. She married Adam 
P'isher, of "Middle River ;" their issue: Cyrus, Albert, Rebecca 
Elizabeth, Mary, and Amanda. They moved to Illinois. 

The Jacob branch of Elizabeth. 

3. Jacob Balsley, son of Christian, was born about 179U, 
in Pennsylvania. He married Nancy Rippeto ; their issue : Re- 
becca Jane, Samuel Kennerly, James William, Mary Margaret, 
Julia Ann, Elizabeth and Catherine — twins, Amanda Jane, Dan- 
iel Wise and John Jacob. 

Xhe John branch of Elizabeth. 

3. John Balsley, son of Christian, was born about 1792, 
in Virginia, and married Margaret King. He died October 2G, 

The Christian branch of Elizabeth. 

3. Christian Balsley, son of Christian, was born in Vir- 
ginia, about 1791. Though young, he was a soldier in the war 
of 1812, with England. After his return home, he married Hulda 
Lively and died in five weeks, without children. 

Xhe Rebecca branch of Elizabeth. 

3. Rebecca Balsley, daughter of Christian, \vas born 
April 6, 1796, married, first, Edmond Foster; and, second, Jacob 
Fifer ; no issue. She died June 16, 1886, aged 91 years and 100 

The Jonathan branch of Elizabeth. 

3. Jonathan Balsley, son of Christian, was born July 
25, 1798. He married, first, Nancy Gray; their issue: Jesse, 
John Silas, Isaac Gray, Elizabeth Ann, Martha Jane, Christian, 
Rebecca, Sarah Ann, William Henry, and Nancy Ann. His se- 
cond wife was, Mrs. Rachael Griner, nee, Slagle. She died, Au- 
gust 29, 1872, aged 61 years 6 months ; his third wife was Lizzie 


The Samuel branch of Elizabeth. 

3. Samuel Balsley, son of Christian, was born December 

28, 1800. He married Eliza Page of Nelson County, Virginia; 

their issue : Cj^rus Franklin, a merchant at Sherando ; Josiah 

Waddell, Elizabeth, Christian, Samuel E., Mary, Eveline, and 

George W. 

The Jessie branch of Elizabeth. 

3. Jesse Balsley, son of Christian, was born about 1802. 
He married Hannah Pew; their issue: Hester Ann E., (who 
married the machinest and artizan — David J. Hiden,) Elijah Ge- 
rard, and John Dorcy, a merchant at Sherando, Virginia. 
The Elijah branch of Elizabeth. 

3. Elijah Balsley, son of Christian, was born about 1804. 
He married Nancy OfiBighter the daughter of Thomas. Her 
grand-father, George Offlighter, in 1776, came from Germany 
(near the Holland line), and married Nancy Bigger, who came 
from France ; each was entitled to a good patrimony in Europe, 
but neither was secured, by reason of the wars which ensued; 
their children are : Mary Elizabeth, Augustus, Christian 
Thomas, Elijah William, Amanda Nettella Ann, Carrie N., 
Sa,muel Alexander, Lue Jane, Rebecca Hester Edna, Edgar Silas, 
and Virginia Kate — twins, and Eli Lee. 

Elizabeth Balsley, daughter oi Michael Keinadt, was a zeal- 
ous Christian, and member of the Methodist Church. She set a 
good example of uniform attendance at public worship, after it 
was with diflBculty that she could walk. She died December 10, 
1844, aged 84 j^ears and 3 weeks. She never wore eye-glasses. 
Christian Balsley died June 31, 1837, aged 84 years, 2 weeks. 
Thej^ were buried in the Old Methodist Church grave-yard, near 
Back Creek, about one mile south-east of Lyndhurst Station, on the 
Norfolk & Western Railway, in Augusta County, Virginia. 

Christian Balsley and wife, coming from Pennsylvania to 
Augusta County, Virginia, settled, probabl}^ as early as 1800, in 
a lumber district, on Back Creek, which developed slowly in 
want of transi)ortation facilities. He labored under many disad- 
vantages ; but now the immense forests have been removed and a 
beautiful valle}^ of farms has succeeded, crowned by a pleasant 
village, where he settled and died. 

The address of many of his family mentioned is, Sherando, 
Augusta County, Virginia. 


Fifth Grand Division — Mary. 

2. (Second Generation.) Mary, the daugater of Michael 
Keinadt and Margaret Diller, his wife, was born in Lancaster 
County, Pennsylvania, about 1702. She married George Heda- 
baugh, of Pennsylvania. The latter had been to Virginia and 
visited Casper Koiner before the removal of the Koiner family to 
Virginia. It is not clear whether they were married in Pennsyl- 
vania or Virginia ; but the probabilities favor the belief that they 
were married before the removal, in 1789, and that a part of their 
children were born in Pennsylvania. The family church record, 
in Virginia, shows the birth of their son Samuel, on September 
17, 1800 ; also the birth of daughters, Marinda and Elizabeth, — 
(twins,) on December 17, 1802. Tradition reports a large family 
of sons, and a removal of the family to Powel's Valley, South- 
West Virginia, or to the Western States. 


Sixth Grand Division — Casper, 

2. (Second Generation.) Casper, the sixth son of Michael 
Keinadt and Margaret, nee, Diller, was born September 25th, 
1764, at Millerstown (now called Millersville,) Lancaster County, 
Penns^dvania. He w^as taught business early, in the shop, at 
the oil-mill, and on the farm. His complexion w^as fairer than 
his brother Michael's, and his facial lines a little different, proba- 
bly resembling the Dillers. He possessed a strong mind; had 

•great wall -power, was self-reliant, of untiring energy and perse- 
verance. He heard the opinions of others respectfully, but made 
his decisions and adhered to them. Some thought him stubborn, 
but, he had learned to know the oily tongue, and the crafty heart 
of man. He drove business on the old lines with force, and was 
very slow to accept modern improvements. He was a child of 
nature ; with generous impulses, ready perception, but despised 
pride and insincerity, however veiled. He was educated in Penn- 

• sylvania, and spoke and read English fluently. He was a dili- 
gent student of the Bible and some of Luther's works; was familiar 
with disputed points and was a formidable debater to superficial 
readers. His illustrations were original, some of them very sink- 
ing. He compared Napoleon Bonaparte, in the hands of the Lord, 
to a "hickory withe, with which he threshed the proud nations 
of Europe, and when done, cast him aside as a worthless thing." 
In politics, he was with Jefferson; later on, with Andrew Jackson. 
He took too little interest in current events to have an active part 
in giving direction. He was fond of domestic life, and the little 
sports of the chase and private hunt. He came to Virginia about 
1786, when deer were plentiful, and could be seen bounding over 
the brush, which have since grown into tall forests. He was then 
over 21 years of age. full of youthful life and hope. The tender 
and bright complexion, the ruddy cheeks, the ruby lips, and 
warbling tongue of the nymph, Miss Margaret Barger, enamored 
Casper, on a short acquaintance, and she in return, reciprocated, 
and a "match was made." Jacob Barger could not consent that 
his Margaret should have this stranger ; and so it came to pass, 


that where youngsters have a will, they find a way ; so, away they 
went to Staunton, were married, and cleared the Hotel before the 
pursuing parent arrived to display his indignation. This occurred 
probably, in March 17SS. Afterwards, a coninion friend — Maj. 
Turk, interposed with explanations and kind (jfiices, which prcj- 
duced pleasant relations through life, between father and son-in- 
law. Such was the inauguration of a married life, of two, who 
have founded a ver>' large and prosperous family, and who have 
been the main temporal support of a congregation, now more than 
100 years old. Casper, with his friends, Nicholas Bush, Jacob 
Barger, Sr., and the Messrs. Clemens, began the work to build, 
with logs, the first Lutheran House of worship erected in the 
County of Augusta, about the year 1790. The venerable ances- 
tor, Michael Keinadt, then 71 years of age, who had recently 
come to Virginia, made the nails which were used in the building. 
When Casper came to Virginia, the country was sparsely set- 
tled and, but slightly developed. On the Rockfish Gap road, 
where Waynesboro is situated, there were then only an "old Tav- 
ern House kept by the widow Teas," and about that time, a small 
mill at the river, near by. The first brick house erected at Way- 
nesboro was by Casper Koiner. His eldest son, Jacob, made men- 
tion of his having carried the brick for the building. Casper 
accomplished very much in clearing and developing farms, erect- 
ing dwellings, barns, mills and many accompanying houses, in 
the settlement of his nine sons. His farm products were wagoned 
to Richmond, 130 miles distant. His efforts w^ere directed to ad- 
vance the prosperity of the country, of society and of the church. 
Casper, doubtless had his imperfections, but he made his permanent 
mark in the \rorld, and his works do continue to follow him. Most 
of the cotemporaneous great families have diminished, but his ex- 
pands and grows brighter and more useful as time rolls on. His 
active and vigorous mind collected, through his long life of ob- 
servation and study of men and business, a vast fund of sound 
philosophical conclusions, which he freely imparted to his poster- 
ity, and in nothing was he so emphatic as in his confession and 
profession of implicit faith in the promises and benefits of the 
Gospel of the Son of God. In this faith he lived and died. On 
October 31, 1856, aged 92 years, 1 month and 26 days, he closed 
his long and eventful career, and with filial affection, his remains 
were laid to rest in the now Monumental cemetery. 


Margaret, the wife of Casper Koiner, was the daughter of 
Jacob Barger and Elizabeth his wife, nee, Hedrick. Casper Bar- 
ger, the father of Jacob, came from German}^ and settled in Mont- 
gomerj'- County, Va., at an early period, where he was killed by 
the Indians. 

Elizabeth, the wife of Jacob Barger, was the daughter of 
John Hedrick, who's wife's name was Susan Maria Horn, 
daughter of Henry Horn, who resided in Langheim, Ger- 
many. She came to America, a single girl, with her sister. John 
Hedrick was the son of Charles Hedrick, who came from Langa- 
selva, near the town Hanau, Hesse Cassel, Germany. John 
Hedrick and Jacob Barger had settled in Rockingham County, 
Virginia. John Hedrick died below^ Port Republic on the Shen- 
andoah river. Jacob Barger was a smith by occupation, 2] years 
old when he married, and his wife was 19 years. Soon after their 
marriage, Barger was called to the army and was under the im- 
mediate command of General Washington , at the time of the great 
destitution, starvation and suffering, Vv-hich was so graphically 
and imploringly presented to Congress for relief, by Washmgton. 
Barger related, that the soldiers had become desperate; so weak 
from long marches in severe weather, inadequately clothed, with 
little to eat and no pay, that he, as many others, did not recog- 
nize the General, nor pay attention to his orders. "On being 
asked if he saw the General, he replied that he did not know who 
had given them orders. That night, it was reported that there 
was meat brought into camp. He did not ask if it was beef, 
though he had his doubts. In the morning they were told that it 
was a dressed mule, which had been shot in battle." 

Meanwhile, his wife was dwelling in their desolate house, in 
the wild forest country, five miles from help, alone save a little 
girl for company, doing the work necessary to subsist, until her 
husband returned at the close of the war. Here is a lesson for 
those who, now-a-days, are unwilling to prepare for the table the 
provisions in store and at hand. 

After the war, Jacob Barger and wife Elizabeth moved up to 
the County of Augusta, near South River, on to the farm, where 
the late Franklin Barger lived. Here they closed their lives. 
This farm is still owned by their descendants, now more than 100 
years. Jacob Barger did not live to be old. He was buried in 
the yard of the church which he assisted to build. 


Elizabeth lived to see the fourth <i^eiierati()ii of her descen- 
dants. She died April 4, ISH, and was about !M) years old. She 
was buried at the family church. She selected the text for her 
funeral sermon : "For our conversation is in heaven," ike. IMiil. 
.'i, 20, preached from by Rev. Killian, whose wife was a descendant 
of the third generation. 

The children of Jacob and Elizabeth Barger, nee, Hedrick, 
were : 

a. Margaret, born October li(J, I 77 I, who married Casper 
Koiner, of whom notice has been taken. 

a. Anna Maria, born August 31, 1773, and died at IL' 
years of age. 

a. Susan, born August 27, 1770, who married Jacob Bar- 
ger, Jr., of Blacksburg, Virginia, where some of the descendants 
yet live. 

a. Elizabeth, born August 5, 177.S, who married Captain 
John Eakle, of whom mention will be made hereafter in relation 
to the Slagles, &c. 

a. Jacob, born November 8, 1783, lived near New Hope, 
Augusta Count}', Virginia, and had descendants. 

a. John, born October 3,1794; — who died May 10, 1845. 
He had married Jane Cullen, the daughter of John Cullen, late of 
Glasgow, Scotland, a weaver ; their issue were : Elizabeth, Frank- 
lin, John, Margaret, Jacob, Silas, Nancy, Martin, Rebecca. 

b. Elizabeth Barger, daughter of John, married Daniel 
Heiserma ; their issue : Homer, John, Killian, Jane, Franklin, 
and Wellington. 

b. Franklin Barger, son of John, born September, 1821; 
died July 14, 1890 ; married Diana Pence ; their issue : Barbara, 
who married William F. Koiner ; Cyrus, who married Cornelia 
Koiner ; Ida, who married E. E. Eakle. 

b. John Barger, son of John, was born October 2, 1823; 
was in 34 battles; wounded in the siege of Richmond, in 18(54; 
imprisoned at Albany, New York; returned to Washington, D. 
C, and there died of his wounds. 

b. Margaret Barger, daughter of John, was born October 
25, 1824 ; married Martin Koiner, son of Casper, May 10, 1866. 

b. Jacob Barger, son of John, was born August 11, 182(!; 
went to California in 1849 ; was drowned while bathing in 1851. 



b. Silas Barger, son of John, was born April 29, 1829; 
married Margaret Koiner, daughter of Martin. 

b. Nancy Barger, daughter of John, was born April 29, 
1829; married Cyrus Pence ; she died November 1892. 

b. Martin Barger, son of John, was born April 1834; 

b. Rebecca Barger, daughter of John, was born May 18, 
1836 ; married Dorsy Anderson. 

c. Elizabeth Barger, and Captain John Eakle's issue 
are : Elizabeth, Susan, Mary, and Margaret. 

d. Susan Barger, and Jacob Barger's issue, are : (Jacob 
was a cousin from Blacksburg, Virginia,) Jacob, John, William, 
Mary, Nancy, Thomas, Catherine, and Mahala; now chiefly in 
Pike County, Ohio. 

e. Jacob Barger, son of Jacob, Sr., married Nancy Cul- 
len; issue: John C , Jacob, William, Jane, Washington, James, 
Ira, and Thomas. 

Having shown the connection of this ancestral family, 
through Margaret Barger, the wife of Casper Koiner, we now 
state her birth, October 26, 1771 ; and death, June 1, 1850, aged 
78 3'ears. She was buried in the cemetery of Koiner's church. 
She had a large and generous heart, which embraced her numer- 
ous posterity with parental love and affection. Her friendly greet- 
ings and kind offices are well remembered by the writer. Wives 
and mothers, of her type, make home the sweetest place on earth. 
Would that her example were the guide to her daughters, in every 
generation ! "Kind words can never die ; no, never die ! " 

Casper and Margaret have the most numerous branch ot 
the Koiner family ; their issue are: Jacob, Michael, John, Philip, 
David, Mary, Elizabeth, Samuel, Martin, Simeon, Susanna, and 

The Jacob branch of Casper. 

3. Jacob Coyner, the son of Casper, and grand-son of 
Michael Keinadt and Margaret Diller, his wife, was born March 
25, 1789, and died August 28, 1874 ; aged 85 years, 5 months, 3 
days ; funeral services by Rev. J. E. Senaker, Sermon, Heb. 12 : 
14. He was interred in the Monumental cemetery. Jacob ap- 
preciated education and supplemented his early advantages by 


attending some of the best country teachers after he became a 
man. He also taught school. After this he settled and had a 
famil}'^ ; built a good brick school house, on his own farm, and 
had schools conducted until his children had received a gocxl 
common school education ; when more advanced, some were sent 
to the High School. Two of his sons who desired, were sent to 
Washington College and the University of Virginia. By some, 
he was thought extravagant in this behalf; but time has vindicated 
the correctness of his judgment. L,ack of the essential means 
restricted his plans. He furnished books and papers for his family, 
and cultivated a fondness for information. He instructed his 
children very early, in the Bible, and Luther's Catechisms. He 
was familiar with both the German and English languages, and 
possessed some ot the best German, as well as English authors. 
In the war of 1812, with England, he held the commissioned office 
of Ensign, in Captain Alexander Given's Company, Colonel Mc- 
Dowel's Regiment, and General Breckinridge's Brigade. On his 
return home, he visited his uncle Conrad Kyner in Pennsylvania, 
Lancaster, and Philadelphia, on horseback, which was regarded 
quite a feat in those days ; after which he settled down to busi- 
ness ; built a brick house, which was pronounced unwise and ex- 
travagant. He now married Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of 
George Michael Koiner on the "Long Meadows." from which 
resulted : Samuel, Rebecca, Jonathan, Casper, Absalom, Gideon, 
Simeon. Elizabeth, and Sarah Margaret. 

The mother oi these children was well instructed in the duties 
which devolved upon her. She was attentive to every interest 
and want ; kind, forbearing and patient under trials and difficul- 
ties. In discipline she was gentle, but firm in the suppression of 
any rebellious manifestations. Her sympathies were deeply 
moved by suffering humanity. In her was centered the affisctions 
of all the family ; and from her many comforts and blessings pro- 
ceeded. She was born May 30, 179(> ; was married December 21, 
1815, and died November 27, 1878, aged 82 years, 5 months, 27 
days. She w^as buried in the Koiner Church cemetery. 

4. Samuel Koiner, son of Jacob, married Frances Yount, 
daughter of John Yount, of Rockingham County, Virginia. He 
was fond of reading and well informed. Early in life he taught 
school; later he was a successful merchant, wdiich gave the name 
of "Koiner's Store" to the place at which he did business. 


Afterwards, he conducted farming, but, being in very comfortable 
circumstances he retired from business. The issue of this mar- 
riage is Laura. 

5. Laura KoiNER, daughter of Samuel, married James R. 
Kemper, a son of E. S. Kemper, of Rockingham County, Va. 
He is a young man of intelligence, culture and clevrness; their 
issue : Ethel, and Grace. 

4. Rebecca Koiner, daughter of Jacob, died July 18, 
1830, aged 11 years, 7 months and 21 days. Buried at the family 

4. Jonathan Koiner, son of Jacob, was born May 10, 
1820 ; died June 8, 1889, aged 69 years, and 29 days. He was 
buried at Bethlehem Church, Augusta County, Virginia. Text : 
I Thes. 4, 13. He early sought an education. He graduated 
with distinction in his clas«i at Washington College, now Wash- 
ington & Lee University, in 1844. He taught school, studied 
law, and located at Weston, Lewis County; thence at Sutton, Brax- 
ton County, West Virginia. Here he settled and married Jemima 
Fisher, daughter of William Fisher, and practiced law and farmed 
until the civil w^ar, when his sympathies drew him home to Au- 
gusta County, Virginia, and there took sides with his State. The 
issue of this marriage are : Junius Samuel, William Fisher, Eliz- 
abeth Florence, and Susan Margaret. 

5. Rev. Junius S. Koiner, son of Jonathan, was born 
July 9, 1849. He was early fond of study. In the palmiest days of 
the Polytechnic Institute, at New Market, Virginia, he was given 
the advantages of the school; subsequently he was sent to Muh- 
lenberg College, Pennsylvania, and later, to the University of 
Virginia. Here he graduated in the Schools of Modern Langua- 
ges, Latin and Moral Philosophy. He took the regular course 
and graduated at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Phila- 
delphia, Pennsylvania. Afterwards he accepted a Professorship 
in Gustavus Adolphus College, at St. Peter, Minnesota. The 
severity of the winter drove him South to save his health, where 
he accepted work as a teacher and pastor ; and also accepted a 
wife in the person of Miss Annie Vernon Venable, daughter of Dr. 
P. C. Venable, of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, a lady of high 
culture and good literary attainments, which have developed a 
poetic genius, and resulted in the production and publication, in 
1892, of a book of Poems, th'i.i...c!, '■i\.otpri,ii.^ hi the Wilder- 


Tiess," filled with thouglits of rare excellence and grandeur, 
taking rank vvitli the best authors of that class of literature. It 
is dedicated, "To My Fellow Pilgrims Who May be Discouraged 
Because of the Way." It will be an enduring nionnmcnt to her 
memory, and comfort to the sorrow stricken. The children of these 
parents, are : Annie Venable, Junius Spaeth, lunily Carrington, 
and Florence Wallstrom. Ladd, Augusta County, Virginia. 

5. William F. Koiner, son of Jonathan, was born Octo- 
ber 19, 18512, married, first, Sarah Catherine, daughter of Samuel 
Koiner, Sr., son of Casper, Sr., son of the Progenitors. She died 
September 11, 1S7(), leaving children : Raleigh G., and Fay 
Krauth. His second wife is Barbara J., daughter ot Franklin 
Barger ; ±eir children are: W. Worth, Octavia, and Hattie Bar- 
ger. W^ F. Koiner has good judgment, is wide-awake, and a 
prosperous farmer, near Lyndhurst Station, Norfolk & Western 

5. Elizabeth F. Koiner, daughter of Jonathan and Jemi- 
ma, has been well educated at the Wesleyan Female Seminary, at 
Staunton, Virginia. She is an accomplished lady and highly 
useful in society and the church. She resides with her mother at 
the pleasant parental home. 

5. Susan M. Koiner, daughter of Jonathan, educated, ac- 
complished and useful, a good chorister, married Isaiah Funk- 
houser, of Rockingham County, Virginia ; a farmer and pleasant 
gentleman. They also reside at the parental home near Waynes- 
boro, Virginia. 

4. Casper Koiner, son of Jacob, son of Casper, Sr., was 
born May 10, 1822 ; died Augusts, 18(59, aged 47. He acquired 
a good English education under good instructors and taught 
school when a young man. He was of a delicate body, but was a 
soldier in the civil war. made a prisoner at the fierce conflict at 
Fori Steadman. He married Mary Jane Patterson, an intelligent 
lady, the daughter of John A. Patterson, Esq. They were de- 
voted church people. His conscientious particularity and exact- 
ness of personal restraint, became a peculiarity. His wife died 
August 3, 1869, of a virulent fever, only preceding him two days, 
and was buried in the family cemetery on her lather's farm. Cas- 
per died of the same fever, August T), 1869, aged 17 years, and 
was buried, by request, in the Koiner Church cemetery, with his 
ancestors. Their surviving child is Mary Bettie. 


5. Mary B. Koiner, daughter of Casper, Jr., spent her 
earl}^ life in attendance on the best schools at Harrisonburg and 
Staunton, and was well educated. She married James E. Ott, of 
Harrisonburg, Virginia, a merchant, and latterly a farmer, near 
Barterbrook, Augusta County, Virginia. Their children are : 
James E., and Selia E., yet minors. 

4. Absalom Koiner, the son of Jacob, son of Casper, son 
of the Progenitors, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, Au- 
gust 5, 1824. His mother was Elizabeth, daughter of George 
Michael Coiner, of the Long Meadows. He married April 15, 
1850, Virginia Margaret, the daughter of "Gentleman George" 
Koiner ; children, Alice Izetta, Luther Stuart Hampton, and an 
infant born September 27 , 1853. 

5. Alice I. Koiner, daughter of Absalom, was born Feb- 
ruar}' 28, 1852, was carefully reared and taught in good private 
schools ; afterwards at Edge Hill, by the Misses Randolph, great- 
grand-daughters of Mr. Jefferson; at the Augusta Female Semi- 
nary, Miss Baldwin; and at the Virginia Female Institute, Rev. 
Philips ; all done, however, at the sacrifice of a good constitution. 
Let parents be admonished ! She was very affectionate, sprightly, 
handsome, of good address and prominent among her associates, 
but modest and sedate. She married Newton A. Baylor, a mer- 
chant, a son of Colonel George Baylor, of Staunton. She died 
September 8, 1871, and was buried at Bethlehem Church, of 
which she was a member, near Waynesboro, Virginia. Newton 
A. Baylor, was a brisk, polite, intelligent, industrious and enter- 
prising gentleman. After the death of his wife, he went to Adair 
County, Missouri, to manage a large landed interest, and a farm 
which was given him. He finally settled in Kirksville, Missouri ; 
engaged in mercantile business, and married Minnie Marmaduke, 
an accomplished lady, and niece of the late Governor Marmaduke 
of that State. He died June 8, 1892, aged 44 years, and was 
buried in the cemeter}' at Kirksville. 

5. Luther S. H. Koiner, son of Absalom, was born May 
27, 18<>4. His religious instruction, business and literary train- 
ing, were commenced early, upon the theory that "as the twig is 
bent the tree is inclined." His education was watched with 
much parental care through three years at Roanoke College, and 
three years at the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 
several schools ; but finally chose the ancestral occupation of 


agriculture. He married October 0, 1S!»L*, \'alley Delany Mc- 
Comb, daughter of the late David McConib, and resides with his 
parents, the only surviving child, near Fishersville, Augusta 
County, Virginia. 

A brief autobiographical sketch may be pardoned, in the ab- 
sence of any other, of the vicissitudes of a life now nearly closed, 
which may be of some interest to the scattered branches of the 
family. — Jacob Koiner the father of Absalom hadsixsonsand three 
daughters. The eldest daughter passed away when eleven years 
old. He commenced business on a tract of land bought of Cap- 
tain William Findley, which had been neglected and was poor. 
At that tiiiie the market for the surplus products of the farm was 
at the little city of Richmond, with a population of 000, distant 
about 125 miles. Much had to be done to improve the farm and 
provide for the growing family. He, doubtless, made mistakes, 
but the trend of his mind and efforts was to educate and improve 
his family, and give each one an encouraging outfit as he arrived 
at his majority. When Absalom grew up, a healthy stout boy, 
his father was very busy with several tracts of land and had need 
ofallhisaid. Previous to this time his children all had the 
advantages of good schools. He had the tact and wisdom to pro- 
vide newspapers and some of the few books then accessible and 
suited to entertain and instruct the young. The discussions in 
Congress published in the Washington papers which were atten- 
tively read, excited the youthful mind to inquiry and a thirst for 
education. His second eldest son had gone to Washington College 
and graduated with the second honor, showing the possibilities 
with the proper application. Absalom had a good mind and mem- 
ory, and fondness for books; a determination to learn and advance. 
He was a student at home on the farm as well as at school. He 
demonstrated that patient, untiring energy will triumph over 
many disadvantages, which should encourage youths to persevere, 
confident of final success and a feast of enjoyment in the effort. 
Later he devoted his time to books and study entirely. He had 
such teachers as Col. G. W. Allen, Rev. B. M vSmith. D. D., N. 
H. Massie. Esq. In Law, at the University of Virginia, he was 
instructed by the distinguished and now venerable J. B'. Minor, 
L. ly. D. The Certificate of Distinction, in 1S47, in the Junior 
Law Class, was accorded young Koiner. He was devoted to the 


Constitution and American system of government, and became 
familiar with its structure and principles. He engaged in the 
practice of law with his uncle, Col. George Baylor; made new 
acquaintances and friends. In party politics he was a Democrat; 
but his party was in the minority, in the County of Augusta, 
The Democratic party had use for all its young men. The Whigs 
were divided on local matters in the year 1853, but made a regu- 
lar party nomination for the I^egislature. The Democrats pre- 
sented a ticket which resulted in the election of Absalom Koiner 
to the House of Delegates of Virginia. He has held numerous mi- 
nor offices, from Lieutenant to Lieucenant-Colonel of Volunteers. 
He was a Major in the late war and was complimented for distin- 
guished conduct in the battle of Kernstown. He was a Director 
in behalf of the State in the Valley Bank at Staunton; a Director 
for several terms in both the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institution 
and Western Lunatic Asylum, at Staunton. He retired from the 
practice of law in the year 1854, to the quietude and freedom of 
country life. 

He did not believe that secession was the proper remedy for 
the sectional controversies of the country; or, that the election of 
Mr. Lincoln, though a sectional candidate, was sufficient cause 
for resorting to war. His attachment to our system of govern- 
ment and his love for it, was such as to produce the deepest sad- 
ness in the contemplation of its overthrow, and the destruction 
of the hopes and expectations of its wise and patriotic founders. 

He believed that the Confederacy would succeed, but that the 
work of disintegration would soon be renewed among the Confed- 
erate States ; that disorder, confusion and bloodshed would hold 
high carnival over a divided country. He favored gradual eman- 
cipation, when it was demonstrated that the contest had become 
too unequal, and wrote several articles for the "Richmond Senti- 
nel," showing its probable advantages in securing recognition by 
France and England. The first was published with commenda- 
tion, but, alas ! it had been determined by the Confederate lead- 
ers to attempt another campaign, relying on the voluntary con- 
tributions of the impoverished and diminished people to sustain 
the army and government. Though he differed as to the policy of 
secession., and the refusal to compromise, when there was a dispo- 
sition to do so ; yet, he held loyally and earnestly with his State 
in all her efforts to preserve her integrity, and though, at the time, 


a private citizen, united in the effort at tlie buttle of Piedmont, 
to repel the invasion of his county. He opposed a repudiation of 
the State debt, and was a prominent actor in the affairs of the 
State in the long and bitter struggle which ensuc-d. He was 
chairman of the party caucus in the Senate ; chairman of the 
party caucus of both Houses, and chairman of ihe State Demo- 
cratic Central Committee. 

As a Senator, in conjunction with two prominent members of 
the House, he gave such assurance of personal influence in favor of 
a just reapportionment of representation in Congress as to retaine 
the co-opei'ation of "The Big Four," to defeat the pending bill, 
to remove the Circuit Judges and replace them by the aggressive 
majority. This ' co-operation of "The Big Four," (the dis- 
affected Readiuster Senators,) with the Democrats, covered the 
last few days of the ascendency of the Mahone party, which con- 
signed to oblivion some of the most obnoxious measures of that 
radical party. 

The period of 12 years which Senator Koiner served in the 
Senate of Virginia, covered the fierce and acrimonious struggle 
with Mahone, and Readjustment, combined with a large contin- 
gent of Repudiators. The first election gave him over his very 
clever Granger and Readjuster opponent only 29 majority, in the 
Augusta and Staunton District, which never was carried by the 
tidal wave of Readjustment. At his last election to the Senate 
his majority was 1000. In ]873, he had been elected to the 
House of Delegates, when he received the largest vote at every 
precinct and ward in the District. His distinguished colleagues 
in the House, were, Hon. Marshall Hanger, Speaker of the 
House of Delegates, and the Hon. Alex. H. H. Stuart, late 
Secretary of the Interior in President F'ilmore's Cabinet, a 
statesman of deserved national reputation. Mr. Koiner was 
elected to the Senate, to fill the unexpired time of the late Hon. 
Alexander B. Cochran ; and thereafter three successive terms. 
When, weary with care, responsibility and anxiety, he published 
an address to his constituents, (to whom he had devoted in the 
General Assembly sixteen years of the prime of his life,) that he 
did not desire are-election. It was his misfortune to feel too 
keenly the responsibility of official trust to make the service very 
pleasant. In order to preserve harmony and shield the feelings 

of others in the Senatorial caucus of his party, in arranging the 


committees, he relinquished seniorities to others, and notably at 
one time the chairmanship of the Committee of Finance, in favor 
of his distinguished friend, General W. C. Wickham, who wield- 
ed, as a Republican, a powerful balance influence, between the 
other parties, then nearly equally divided. Absalom Koiner, by 
watchfulness and industry acquired some reputation, which 
caused those having questionable measures which they desired 
passed, to approach him with caution, as Chairman of the Com- 
mittee of Finance. He served his State, probably, as well in de- 
feating bad bills as in passing good ones. His vigilance was 
productive in preventing "hasty legislation." Some of the bills 
of special advantage to agriculture were originated and prepared 
by him ; to improve the crossings of public roads by Railways, 
and vice versa ; the Bill to exempt Farmers trom jury service dur- 
ing harvest ; the Bill to protect sheep in the County of Augusta, 
&c. He was largely influential in having the Bill establishing a 
Board of Agriculttire passed, and without his knowledge, was ap- 
pointed, by Governor Lee, on the first Board ; and by the Board 
of Agriculture, as its first President. He was elected President of 
the Board a second term, which he afterwards resigned. He pre- 
pared a bill and had it twice passed by the Senate, to have peri- 
odical examinations made by an expert, under the direction of the 
Governor, of the accounts of public officers in charge of public 
money, to prevent losses to the Sta.te and injury to sureties. He 
was the patron of a Bill to regulate the operation of Railroads as 
far ns they affect persons and property. He introduced the theory 
of a gradated interest on the public debt, which was incorpo- 
rated first, in the McCullough Bill, and he was of the special Joint 
Legislative committee to confer with McCullough and his col- 
leagues representing the syndicate of bond-holders. His labors 
on the Finance Committee of the Senate at the time of defalca- 
tions, applications tor relief to sureties, repudiation and depression, 
were onerous and responsible. He had the satisfaction of seeing 
that his industry and fidelity were appreciated, by complimentary 
notices in the papers. The leading paper, the ''Richmond Dis- 
patch,'' of April 28, 1889, said : 

"Absalom Koiner, Esq., so long an able and faithful repre- 
sentative of Augusta County, in the General Assembly, has pub- 
lished a card in the 'Staunton Vindicator,' announcing it to be his 
purpose to decline to serve his people longer in the Senate. Mr. 

CASPKR k(iini:k. 75 

Koiner was a model representative. IK- iR\cr lost sight of the 
interests either of his County, or of the Commonwealth. He was 
industrious, vigilant, painstaking, and honest." 

The. Bcuna Vista Advocate, oi ']^\\.-\), lS<>li,says: "Ex-Senator 
Koiner. — This honored and much esteemed citizen of Augusta 
County, was in Ilueiia Vista several days this week. -'^ -'• * The 
Empire County of the Valley has furnished many distinguished 
men to the councils of the State and Country. Of their public 
services, the twenty years or more of able and patriotic devotion 
which guided Mr. Koiner in the legislature and in the advance- 
ment of agricultural and industrial interests, which still claim his 
ardent attachmei'it, transmits a historj^ that will be among the 
cherished memories of his Iffe." 

"Eastern Farmer," a correspondent of the  Richmoid Dis- 
patch, April 15, 1892, speaking of a gubernatorial candidate, says: 
"The farmers desire to be heard, * ''^ and to bring before the 
people for nomination a veteran Statesman, a staunch Democrat, 
and .superb farmer, who on all occasions has been true to dmty, 
country, and the interests of his constituents. During his long 
and distinguished service as legislator he has been a faithful sen- 
tinel guarding and abl}^ defending the working people of the 
State. His measures brought forward and his votes pirove that 
he is a worthy representative of the people's rights and interests; 
especially of the toiling masses, 'who make their living by the 
sweat of their brows.' * * The able 'Old Roman,' the 'Knight 
of the Plow,' the gallant and true legislator, the man who can 
bring voters to the polls from the highways and the hedges, and 
be elected sure, is Senator Absalom Koiner, of Augusta." 

Absalom Koiner, at the request of the Democratic leaders of 
Augusta County, became a joint owner and an occasional contrib- 
utor to the columns of the "Staunton Vindicator." In the Pres- 
idential canvass of ISGO, for the election of Mr. Buchanan, he 
became the sole Proprietor and Editor for a short period. He 
has occasionally discussed in the press questions of public inter- 
est, and notably the recent proposition in Congress to change the 
Constitution of the United States and make the election of Sena- 
tors by the people, rather than by the Legislatures as now provi- 
ded. He regards the change an innovation pregnant with dan- 
gers to the checks and balances, theory and genius, and autonomy 


of the government as a self adjusting institution as conceived and 
formulated by its wise founders. 

His connection with the Church commenced with his baptism 
in infancy, by the Rev. Ambrose Henkle in the patriarchal con- 
gregation, where he was afterwards instructed and confirmed by 
the Rev. Jacob Killian. He has uniformly adhered to the 
doctrines of the Lutheran faith and to the usages of the 
church in which he was reared. He owes very much to the fidel- 
ity of parental instruction. He longed for peace and co-opera- 
tion among brethren of the same faith and churchly customs. He 
has been a member of Synods and other religious conventions; 
notably the Convention of Synodical Delegates, at Salisbury, 
North Carolina in 1874, where an expression of agreement in the 
doctrinal basis was made. Subsequently, at the Convention of 
delegates which assembled at Roanoke, Virginia, where the United 
Synod of the South was formed, in June, 1886, He deprecates 
unfriendly agitation prompted by personal animosity, or ambi- 
tion. He unequivocally affirms the Truth of the Christian Relig- 
ion, and esteems it the greatest boon vouchsafed to man, by our 
Adorable Creator. It was on this rock our ancestors built, and 
without it we cannot continue to prosper and withstand the rava- 
ges of time, no more than the house built upon the sand, when 
the floods came. 

4. Gideon Koiner, the son. of Jacob, son of Casper, the 
son of Michael Keinadt, was born September 4, 1826, in Augusta 
County. He was a business man, farmer and merchant. He 
was liberal in the education of his favorite nephews, and in sup- 
port of the work of the Lutheran church, of which he is a 
steadfast member. He was President of the Company which pub- 
lished Luther's Church Sermons in English. He is open and 
free in the expression of his views, but conservative. He mar- 
ried Rebecca M. Henkle, born July 29, 1883, the daughter of Dr. 
S. G. Henkle and Susan, of New Market, Va., without issue. 
She is an intelligent, practical and energetic lady. 

4. Simeon Koiner, son of Jacob, was born February 1, 
1820. He was intelligent, energetic, decided, and firm in his 
opinions; a good tanner, and a steadfast and liberal church man. 
He died January 30, 1878, and wns buried at Bethlehem church. 
He had married Mary A. Kyner, daughter of Michael, son of 


Conrad, of P'ranklin County, Pennsylvania. Their children are: 
Minnie C, Howard D., Willie May, and Ilortense. 

f). Minnie C. Koinek, daughter of Simeon, married Dr. 
Albert C. Fox, of Newton, N. C, now located at Waynesboro, 
Augusta County, Virginia. He is a thoroughly (lualified and 
successful physician ; their issue: Bessie Bell, Edna Earl, Reta 
May, Marie (deceased), Lottie Lee, Rosco Looniis, Lillian Hor- 
tense and Minnie Lucide. 

Mrs. Minnie C. Fox was well educated, knows her own busi- 
ness and attends to it. 

5. Howard D. Koiner, son of Simeon, was liberally ed- 
ucatated at Roanoke College and the University of Virginia. His 
father died when he was a youth. He assisted his Mother about 
the farm until of age, when she set him up in business. He married 
Minnie McClanahan Moffett, the daughter of Sidney ; their issue: 
Annie Moffett, Howard Douglass antl Mary Allene. 

5. Willie M. Koiner, daughter of Smieon and Mary A., 
was thoroughly educated at the Augusta Female Seminary of 
Staunton, and is cultivated and intelligent. She married James 
W. Early, of Albemarle County, Virginia ; issue : Marie Hortense, 
born October, 19. LS90. Sixth generetion. 

5. Hortense Koiner, daughter of Simeon, has been 
thoroughly educated at the Augusta Female Seminary, is cultur- 
ed and intelligent. 

4. Elizabeth Koiner, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth, 
was born May 2, J831 ; she was cleverly educated; was intelligent, 
practical, devoted to the Lutheran church, liberal and abounded 
in works of charity. She married the Rev. Solomon Funk, a 
man of great urbanity and kindness; indeed, he possesed all 
the Christian virtues. He was universally esteemed. He was a 
Baptist clergyman. Their children are : Minnie (deceased), and 
Isadora B. 

5. Isadora B. Funk, daughter of Rev. Solomon and Eliz- 
abeth, nee, Koiner, married John S. Funk, a prosperous farmer 
and prominent man, of Rockingham County, Virginia : their 
children are: Daisy P., born May 17,1877; Minnie M., born 
October 20, 1878; Edna I., born January "), 1882; Vada E., born 
July 26, 1886; Beatrice, born January 7, 1889, a son born August 
4, 1891. Singer's Glen, Virginia. 

4. Sarah M. Koiner, daughter of Jacob, bom October 8, 


1840, was tenderl}^ reared and well educated; is kind and fond of 
books. She married James W. Lobban, of Nelson County, Vir- 
ginia, son of Thomas. He is a farmer, and patient Christian. 
They reside in Waynesboro, Va. Their only child is Bettie. 

5. Bettie Lobban, daughter of James W., has been well 
educated at the Wesleyan Female Institute, at Staunton, where 
she graduated. She is very sprightly, intelligent and popular. 

The IVIichael branch of Casper. 

3. Michael Coiner, son of Casper, the son of Michael 
Keinadt, the Progenitor, was born October 8, 1790, in Augusta 
County, Virginia. Died June 1, 1803, aged 73 years and 
months, from injuries received from an attack by a cross 
bull. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, under Captain Link, 
of Augusta County, Virginia. He was , successful in business, 
and had great will power to persevere. He married Catherine, 
the daughter ot George Michael Coiner, of the "Long Meadows;" 
their issue: William, James Harvy, Franklin, Elizabeth, Susan, 
Margaret, David, Mary, John Calvin, and Samuel Luther. 

4. James H. Coiner, the son of Michael, was born March 
15, 1820, and died August 7, 1874. He married Mary Adaline 
Keller, daughter of Lewis ; their issue : James Webster, Corne- 
lius J., Michael A., T. Jefferson Stuart, Clemenza Bell, Rebecca 
Frances, and Sarah Catherine. 

5. James W. Coiner, son of J. Harvy, married Mary 
Stover, daughter of Jacob, and after some years, emigrated to 
California, where he died. 

5. Cornelius J. Coiner, son of James Harvy, married 
Viola Long, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Long ; their 
issue: Hallie [and Shelton. Cornelius is a clever and pros- 
perous farmer. 

5. Michael A. Coiner, -son of James Harvy, married 
Miss Erman. 

5. Clemenz.\ B. Coiner, daughter of James Harvy, 
married John Cook. 

"). Catherine Coiner, daughter of James Harvy, mar- 
ried Henr}' Baily. 

5. Rebecca F. Coiner, daughter of James Harvy, married 
George Piper. 


4. Franklin Coixicr, son of Michael, tlie son of Casper, 
was born May !», ISL'2, and died May 11, l.SS<», aged <>!> years. 
He married Sarah J. Stiegle, the daughter of Jacob Stiegle, of 
Augusta County, Virginia, son of John Jacob vStiegle, the son of 
Baron Henry William vStiegle, of Manheim, Pennsylvania ; who 
had come from the city of Manheim, Baden. Europe. The Baron 
emigrated to Pennsylvania, and there founded the town of Man- 
heim, and was engaged in manufacturing glass. He had married 
Elizabeth Holtzin and gave her a golden ring of betrothal on 
which was engraved, "H. W. vStiegle and Elizabeth Holtzin." 
which is now in the possession of J. C. Stiegle of the fifth genera- 
tion. Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

Franklin and Sarah J. Coiner reared a family of orderly, res- 
spectable, industrious and prosperous children ; good neighbors 
and citizens, all having a comfortable patrimony ; their issue are : 
Charles. David Worth, Elizabeth, Margaret, Henry, Virginia 
Hester, John M., Jacob, Edwin, Emma Signora, and Mary 

5. Charles Coiner, son of Franklin, was in the Confed- 
erate army ; made a prisoner, and died at Camp Morton, Indiana. 

o. David W. Coiner, son of Franklin, married Elizabeth 
Wise; their issue : William, Virginia Pearl, David Worth, and 
Catherine. Verona. Va. 

5. Elizabeth Coiner, daughter of Franklin, married John 
B. Roller, of Rockingham County, Virginia ; their issue : Frank- 
lin Coiner, and Charles H. Mt. Crawford, Va. 

5. Margaret Coiner, daughter of Franklin, married 
Jacob Zirkle, of Shenandoah County ; their issue: Charles R. 
(was drowned while bathing near Staunton), Franklin L., and 
Luther A., of Verona, Virginia. 

5. Henry Coiner, son of Franklin, married Mary Weaver, 
daughter ol David, late of Pennsylvania ; their issue : P'lnier W., 
and Sarah Elizabeth. Fishersville, Virginia. 

5. Virginia Hester, daughter of Franklin, married John 
Bright ; their issue : George, Mary, Gladieth, and Franklin. Ve- 
rona, Virginia. 

5. John M. Coiner, son of Franklin, married Mary Cath- 
erine, daughter of David W. Coiner; Esq. ; their issue : Mary 
Iva, Harry Eee, Charles W^orth. Fishersville, Virginia. 


5. Jacob Coiner, son of Franklin, married Emma K. 
Housman* daughter of William. Fishersville, Va. 

5. Edwin F. Coiner, son of Franklin, married May Beck, 
daughter of Captain A. Beck ; their issue : Walter Franklin. 
Deerfield, Augusta County, Virginia. 

4 Elizabeth Coiner, daughter of Michael, married John 
B. Engleman, son of Peter, all of Augusta County, Virginia ; but 
subsequently moved to Missouri, thence to Texas ; their issue; 
Maggie, who married J. Newton Deal, son ot Captain G. W. 
Deal, of Marshall, Missouri. 

4. Susan "Coiner, daughter of Michael, married John 
Brannaman; their issue : Sylvester as4 Artemaus, E&^alme. 

5. Sylvest er, Brannaman, son of Susan, married Mrs. 
^ima Grl^^iT^ee^^^ount'^*''iV\a^| Gc^d^ T^lU-f- ^i^^%y,o[^,^»>ir, 

' ^. Margaret Coiner, daughter of Michael, married Joseph ^^'* 
Sieg, son ot David, and emigrated to Missouri. 

4. David Coiner, son of Michael, son of Casper, married 
Susan B. Whitmer, daughter of Jacob, near Parnassus, Va.; their 
issue: Millard A., Lemuel W., William H., J. Wade, Emmett 
G., Victoria H., Ida B., Bettie (deceased), M. Bertie, and Eula 
v., of Fishersville, Virginia. 

5. Millard A. Coiner, son of David, married Bettie Kerr. 
5. Ida B. Coiner, daughter of David, married George 

Grove, son of John; their issue : Marvin V. 

4. John C. Coiner, son of Michael, married Rebecca 
McCord; their issue : Walter A., Charles P., and Julia V. — well 
educated and pleasant. Waynesboro, Virginia. 

Xhe John branch of Casper. 

3. John Coiner, son of Casper, was born June 14, 1792, 
and died January 29, 18.52. He married, first, Jane Mowery, 
daughter of Lewis; their children : Margaret, Elizabeth, Henry, 
Delila, Silas, and John Lewis. He was largely engaged in farm- 
ing, milling, tanning and distilling; was generous and hospitable. 
His second marriage was to Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, nee, Effin- 
ger, of Harrisonburg; their issue: Casper Benton, Antoinette, 
and St. Clair. 

4. Margaret Coini;k. daughter of John, married Sirum 
P. Henkle, son of Dr. Solomon, of New Market, Virginia; their 


issue: Lewis P., Samuel (deceased), ^^uther M.. Rebecca D., 
John C, Martha J., Virginia E., Henry M., Franklin L., Martin 
M., Julia A., I^eleah M., and Mary I.. New Market, Va. 

' f). IvKWiS P. Henkkl, son of S P., and Margaret Ilenkle, 
nee, Koiner, married Annie Moore ; their issue : Charles M., and 
Lewis F. New Market, Virginia. 

5. Luther M. Henkel, son of S. P. and Margaret, mar 
ried Catherine Kilmer; their issue : Charles T., Vade H., Russell 
T., Lelia K., Bertie B., and Stewart W. W., of New Market, Va. 

5. Rebecca D. Henkel, daughter of S. P. and Margaret, 
married John P. F'oltz ; their issue : James A., Emmet E., and 
Raleigh R. 

5. John C. Henkel, son of S. P. and Margaret, nee Koi- 
ner, married Annie Moffett ; their issue: Anderson I\L, Florence 
H., Dasie L., Mary C, William S., Ellen, John R., Henry L., 
and Franklin C. 

5. Virginia E. Henkel, daughter of S. P. and Margaret, 
married Silon Zirkle ; their issue : Ada F., Robert R., Effie R., 
Margaret T., Julia E., Annie V., Beatrice C, Mary C, Henry G., 
and Lena C. 

5. Henry M. Henkel, son of S. P. and Margaret, daugh- 
ter of John Coiner, married E. E. Stiegel, the daughter of David 
Stiegel son of Jacob Stiegel, the son of John Jacob Stiegel, the son 
Baron Henry William Stiegel, the founder of Manheim, Pennsyl- 
vania, and (probably a Protestant refugee), from Manheim, Baden, 
Europe. The children of Henry M. Henkel, and wife, are; 
ElwilmaE., Harry S., and Lillian M. 

5. Franklin L. Henkel, son of S. P. and Margaret, mar- 
ried Elizabeth C. Thomas; issue: Theresa T., and Abbil L. 

5. Martin M. Henkel, son of S. P. and Margaret, mar- 
ried Barbara E. Bowman; their issue : Ida F. 

5. Julia A. Henkel, daughter of S. P. and Margaret, 
married Joseph H. Tisinger; their issue : William H., Margaret 
A., Mary E., and Louis F. 

4. Elizabeth Coiner, daugther of John, son of Casper, 
married Jacob Nicholas; their issue: Jefferson J., Charles K., 
John, Willie, Franklin, and George. Port Rebublic, Rocking- 
ham County, Va. 

4. Henry Coiner, son of John, son of Casper, married 
Jane Clark Anderson, daughter of John Anderson and Fannie 



Clark, his wife; their issti4 : Dr. Norvel Letcher, John Lee, Fan- 
nie Clark, Charles Steward (deceased), Kate Bell, Mary Anna, 
and James Melvin. Koiner's Store, Va. 

5. John Lee Coiner, son of Henry, married Annie S. 
Moon, daughter of Wm. A. and M. B. of Fredericksburg, Va. 
Their issue: Marie Janetta. Crimora, Va. 

5. Fannie C. Coiner, daughter of Henry, son of John, 
married Henry S. Kane, of Estelville, Scptt County Virginia, — 
a merchant. Their issue: Henry S., Patrick Lee, Robert Letcher, 
and James Kent. 

4. Delilah Coiner, daughter of John, son of Casper, mar- 
ried Reuben Overholt; their issue: Mary, and Bettie. 

5. Mary- Overholt, daughter of Delilah and Reuben, mar- 
ried Robert N. Page, a cultivated gentlemen, farmer and mer- 
chant. Hermitage, Va. 

5. Bettie Overholt, daugh'ter of Delilah and Reuben, 
married Celsus Coiner, son Simeon, deceased; their issue: Haller 
M. (deceased), Robert, Ada A., Minnie P., and Ula G. — a pleasant 
family. Waynesboro, Va. 

4. Silas Coiner, son of John, married a Miss Beard, and 
moved to Missouri, thence to Texas. 

4. John Lewis Coiner, son of John, married Magdalene 
Steekley, daughter of Gabriel; their issue: Gabriel DeWitt, 
Charles Douglass, and Emma Green. Koiner's Store, Va. 

5. Emma Green Coiner, daughter of John Lewis, son of 
John, married Newton D. Rover; their issue: DeWitt. Mon- 
tevideo, Va. 

4. Casper B. Coiner, son of John and Elizabeth, nee 
Effinger the second wife, is a man of intelligence and influence : 
the worthy occupant of the ancestral home of Michael Keinadt 
and wife, near Koiner's Store, Augusta County Virginia. He 
married Julia F. Herron, of Nelson County Virginia; their issue: 
Effie L- (deceased), Emmett StClair, Herbert Kasper, and Betsy 
L. (deceased). 

4. Antoinette Coiner, daughter of John and Elizabeth 
f second wife), married William A. Hanger, son of the late Dr. 
John Hanger, near Waynesboro, Virginia. Lieutenant William 
A. Hanger, in the late war, was in Company E. 1st Virginia 
Cavalry; wounded in an arm and disabled. He was esteemed by 
his comrades. The result of the marriage was, William Lee. 


5. William L. Hanger, son of Lieutenant W. A. and 
Antoinette, married Fannie Blackvvell. 

4. StClair Coiner, son of Johti and Elizabeth, married 
Sarah Mo wry, daughter of George W. Their issue: Hebrert B., 
and Rena E. 

The Philip branch of Casper. 


3. Philip Coiner, son of Casper, son of Michael Keinadt. 

was a prosperous and contented farmer; had good property and 
enjoyed the fruits of his labor. He was a regular and useful 
member at the family church. He was born April 18, 1794; died 
April 15, 1872, aged 77 years, 11 months and 28 days, and was 
buried in the Monumental Cemetery. On March 9th, 1826, he 
married Rebecca Christ; their issue : Tollarus, Irenaus, and Co- 
lumbus. The latter was killed, w^hen young, by a harrow falling 
upon him. 

4. Tollarus Coiner, son of Philip and Rebecca, married, 
first, Nancy M. Gongwer, daughter of Joseph and Jane; their 
issue: Philip O., Rebecca J., Emma B., Mary A., and Joseph L. 
His second wife was Mary F. Bear, daughter of Andrew and 
Evaline; their issue : Charles A., Annie G., Minnie E., Cora E., 
and Kemper. Koiner? Store, Va. 

5. Philip O. Coiner, son of Tollarus, son of Philip, mar- 
ried Alice B. Wade, daughter of John; their issue : William T., 
Walter H., Bertha B., Minnie B., Cora A., and Grover P. 

5. Emma B. Coiner, daughter of Tollarus, married Wil- 
liam H. Bruce; their issue: Mary C. 

5. Charles' A. Coiner, son of Tollarus, married Rena C. 
Coiner, the daughter of St. Clair; issue: Lucile. 

5. Minnie E. Coiner, daughter of Tollarus, married Geo. 
E. La3anan. 

5. Cora E. Coiner, daughter of Tollarus, married Her- 
bert B. Coiner, son of St. Clair. Koiner's Store, Va. 

4. Irenaus Coiner, son of Philip, son of Casper, is a 
quiet' good citizen and farmer. On March 26, 1865, in the battle 
of Fort Steadman, near Petersburg, Va., he was shot through 
the chest and lungs, and still lives— a remarkable recovery. He 
married Catherine Shuey, daughter of Adam and Elizabeth, on 
January 8, 1856; their issue : Cornelia E. 

5. Cornelia E. Coiner, daughter of Irenaus, married Cy- 


rus J. Barger, son of Franklin and Diana, on June 11, 1884; their 
issue: Ida D., Emmett W., Mable C, and Mintie C. Koiner's 
Store, Virginia. 

The David branch of Casper. 

3. David Coiner, son of Casper, the son of Michael Kei- 
nadt and Margaret, nee Diller, was born^ March 7, 1796, and died 
February 1, 1880; aged nearly 84 yeajrs. He had a good memo- 
ry, to which we are indebted for some interesting history. He 
was respected by all for his sincerity' of purpose and meekness in 
disposition. He vv^as industrious and successful in milling and 
farming, which were his chief occupations. He was a devout 
Christian. He married Frances Keller, daughter of George, near 
Middle River, west of Staunton. Their issue were: John K., 
Ambrose (died young), Rebecca, Frances, Jane, and George K. 
Waynesboro, Virginia. 

4. John K. Coiner, son of David, son of Casper, married 
Paulina Rudaeil, of North Carolina; their issue : Lafayette, and 

• John K. Koiner, after long in business, in Virginia, moved to 
Orange County, Florida, where he has successfully engaged in the 
fruit business, at Mateland, Florida. 

5. Eafayette Coiner, son of John K., is an excellent 
young man, at Orlando, Florida. 

5. Etta Coiner, daughter of John K. and Paulina, mar- 
ried Alpheus G. Henkel, son of Solomon, of New Market, Vir- 
ginia. Their issue: Lafayette, and , infants, deceased. 

Etta has also died. 

4. Rebecca Coiner, daughter of David, married Phillip 
Killian, of North Carolina; a good business man, of long expe- 
rience, and a mirthful and genial companion. Their issue: 

5. Fannie Killian, daughter of Philip and Rebecca, mar- 
ried Alpheus G. Henkel; their issue: Oscar, Bertha G., and 
Elmer Tdeceased). 

6. Bertha G. Henkel, daughter of A. G. Henkel, mar- 
ried Rev. J. E. Schenk, a Lutheran minister; their issue : Ernest 
Merlin, and Vivian Bertha. 

4. Frances Coiner, daughter of David, married Thomas 
Awd, an Englishman; their issue : Douglass, Willie, and Etta. 


5. Douglass Awd, son of Thonuis and P'rances, married 
Minnie Crickenberger; their issue : Walter Douglass. Mother 
and child are now dead. 

4. George K. Coiner, son of David, son of Casper, was 
reared near Wajniesboro, Virginia. An ardent youth, he with 
his comrade Cyrus M. Killian, entered Company K. 5th Virginia 
Regiment "Stonewall Brigade," when on the niarcli. in the 
month of March 1H()'2, and, was identified with the conunand in 
its operations, w^hich have given it imperishable renown in the 
annals of war. At the battle of Spottsylvania Court House his 
company was engaged in the trenches which enabled it to liold all 
day. It was about one rod in advance of the celebrated tree 
which was cut down by bullets; the trunk of which is on exhibi- 
tion at the Museum in the City of Washington. There was a 
cnrve in the line of battle here which was a salient known as 
"The Bloody Angle." On the morning of the next day, by a 
flank movement through the dense fog and brush, and a surprise 
attack by the Federals in rear as well as the continued assalt in 
front, the Old Division of Jackson, then commanded by General 
Edward Jonhson, was surrounded and a portion captured. 

While in prison at Ft. Delaware, George K. Koiner, to avoid 
the prevalent small pox, innoculated with vaccine matter from an 
unhealthy person and came near losing his life thereby. He was 
exchanged, with the surgeon's — "go home and die." In four 
months he was again in the ranks. On one occasion, his haver- 
sack was shot from his side. At the battle of "Mine Run," he 
placed his knapsack on the works in front, to give some shelter 
to his head; the sack was shot through. Near Petersburg, in the 
attack on Fort Steadman, the folds of his blanket arrested a ball, 
which prostrated and so disabled him that he was sent to the rear, 
in the care of another; when met by General R. E. Lee, he ex- 
amined the bullet hole and returned the help to the ranks. 

After the war, George K. Koiner, married Hannah R. Coiner, 
daughter of Colonel Solomon D., of the Philip Grand Division: a 
lady of intelligence, education and great energy; their issue : 
Albert Sidney, Haller Myers (deceased), David Tressel, Nettie 
Virginia, George Lyle, and Robert Luther. 

5. Albert S. Coiner, son of George K. and Hannah R., 
married Lula Leonard, daughter of Luther Leonard, Esq. 


Xtie IVIary branch of Casper. 

3. Mary Coiner, daughter of Casper and Margaret, nee 
Barger, was born March 27, 1798, and married George Koiner, 
the son of George Michael and Miss Fosler, his first wife. See 
the Third Grand Division. 

Xtie Samuel branch of Casper. 

3. Samuel Coiner, son of Casper, was born February 23, 
1802, and died March 2, 1871, aged 61 years, married Mary 
Reiser, daughter of Daniel and Mary. She died April 4, 1872, 
aged 61 j^ears; issue: Jacob, Daniel, James (deceased and buried 
at Bethlehem), Cornelius, Mary Ann, and Cassie (deceased). 

4 Jacob Coiner, son of Samuel, married Sarah Margaret 
Palmer, daughter of Gabert; their issue: James, J. Jackson, Laura, 
Samuel Godfre_v, and Luther T. He was a member of Company 
H. 5th, Virginia Regiment "Stonewall Brigade," and distin- 
guished himself for fidelity and courage as a soldier. His pocket- 
knife arrested a ball which would probably have taken his life, in 
the first battle of Manassas, when his Brigade won its distinguished 
title. He was struck in the leg at the battle of Kernstown, one of 
the fiercest combats of the war. He was also a prisoner. of war^ 
Avith incidental experience He afterwards discharged the duties 
of Magistrate in his District, and is now a retired farmer. Way- 
nesboro, Va. 

5. James Coiner, son of Jacob, the son of Samuel, married 
Emma K. Eakle, daughter of Christian; their issue : Edna. 

5. J. Jackson Coiner, son of Jacob, married Luisa Liggon, 
daughter of Dr. Liggon of West Virginia. Basic City, Va. 

4. Daniel Coiner, son of Samuel, son of Casper, son of 
Michael Keinadt the progenitor of the American family, born in 
Augusta County, Virginia, was a soldier in Co. H. 5th Reg't Va. 
Infantry, "Stonewall Brigade," married Isabella Anderson, 
daughter of John Anderson, of Virginia. They emigrated to 
California by the Isthmus route, with six children, before there 
was a trans7Continental railwa}', and are comfortably situated. 
He is a fruit grower, near Los Alamo, Santa Barbara County. 
Their children are : Samuel Tousey, Norah Clark, Florence Lee, 
Crimora, Lula, Sallie Bell, Gertrude, Junie, May, and Charles. 


5. SamitkIv T. KoiNiCK, son of Daniel, ni.irricd Carrie- 
Fields, of Santa Barbara County, California. 

5. Nora C. Koinek, daughter of Daniel, married Rev. Mr. 
Mitchel, a Presbyterian minister. 

5. Florence L. Koinek, daughter of Daniel, married a 
Mr. Rice. 

5. Crimora Koiner, daughter of Daniel married a Mr. 

5. Lula Koixer, daughter of Daniel and Isabella, married 
a Mr. Johnson. 

5. Fr ANNIE Koiner, the eldest daughter of Daniel, who 
was born in Virginia, died after the removal to California. 

4. Cornelius Coiner, the son ot Samuel, married, first 
Mary Susan Coiner, daughter of Benjamin ; issue : Julian 
St. P., Noah W., and Flora Miller. His second wife is, Sallie C. 
Hanie ; issue : Floyd H., E. Ernest and Guy. 

4. Mary A. Coiner, daughter of Samuel, married William 
F. Sheets ; issue : William, Samuel, Franklin, and Anna. 

4. Cassie Coiner, daughter of Samuel, married William 
F\ Koiner ; issue : Raleigh G., and Warren Worth. 

The Martin branch of Casper. 

3. Martin Coiner, son of Casper, son of Michael Keinadt, 
married, first, Anna Eakle, daughter of Captain John Eakle ; 
issue: Ansalem, (drownedj, Susan, Fannie, Alexander, Charles, 
Mary, Sarah, Margaret, Arthur, Theodore, Laura, and Martin 
Luther. He was intelligent and wielded an influence with his 
strong mind and will power. 

4. Susan Coiner, daughter of Martin, married Samuel H. 
Alexander ; issue : Mary. Charles, and Sallie. 

4. Fannie Coiner, daughter of Martin, possessed much 
personal beauty. She married Captain Benjamin Patterson, son 
of John Patterson, Esq., a Confederate officer and a lawyer at the 
Harrisonburg bar; their issue: Annie, Gussie, Willie, Lena, 
Bertie, and Russell. 

5. Annie Patterson, daughter of Captain B. Patterson, 
married George W. Ribble. 

4. Alexander Coiner, son of Martin, married Mary 
Stover, daughter of Jacob, late Mrs. Webster Coiner, of Califor- 


nia ; issue : Ernestine, Rena Eakle, and Eva Leonard. These 
parents were born and reared in Augusta County, Virginia, and 
emigrated to Pleito, Monteray County, California. 

4. Charles Coiner, son of Martin, married Margaret Hen- 
kel, daughter of Solomon D., of New Market, Virginia ; issue : 
Helena and Shirley. After living in Shenandoah County, Vir- 
ginia, he moved to Pleto, Monterey County, California. 

4. Sarah Coiner, daughter of Martin, rriarried Rev. J. E. 
Senaker, a Lutheran Minister; issue: Charles, John M., Mary, 
Anna, and Susie. Residence now in Ohio. Rev. J. E. Senaker 
died, and is buried in the Monumental Cemetery, with his 
grave handsomely marked with marble. 

4. Margaret Coiner, daughter of Martin, married Silas 
Barger, son of John, the son of Jacob, Sr. ; issue : Elmer, Alvan, 
Elsie, Lelia, Charles, and Walter. Koiner's Store, Virginia. 

; > 4. Mary, Laura, and Martin Luther Coiner, are not married. 
The latter holds a bank clerkship at Staunton, Virginia, with 
credit to himself and family. 

Xlic Susan branch of Casper. 

3. Susan Koiner, daughter of Casper, son of Michael 
Keinadt, married Dr. Sam.uel Godfrey Henkle, son of Dr. 
Solomon. The latter had five brothers who were Lutheran 
Clergyman. Dr. S. Godfrey Henkle was probably the most cel- 
ebrated Physician in the Valley of Virginia ; drawing patients 
from afar. His ofiBce practice was immense, and his fees mod- 
erate. He had two brothers, who were also eminent physicians, 
and several nephews of the same profession. The Henkle family, 
for many generations, has been one of Clergymen and Physicians; 
coming down through several centuries with distinction and great 
usefulness, to the present time: sustaining irreproachable charac- 
ters. They were practiced early in the schools of industry, of 
economics, of literature, music and some of the fine arts. They 
adhered with peculiar tenacity to the fundamental principles 
which mould and direct a well reared family, and at maturit}^ were 
quiet and unassuming, but always ready to perform their part 
with skill and fidelity. 

By the courtesy of a friend, and the publishers of a leaflet 
Biographical sketch of the Rev. Paul Henkle, we extract, from a 
supplementary note, a brief paragraph which presents succinctly a 


part ot the genealogy of this highly interesting and honorable 
family, which has been moving cotemporaneously on a parallel 
line, but, in the main, in different pursuits, between whom and 
the Koiner family there has existed a warm personal friendshii) 
for several generations; and they have occasionally met in family 
connection, through several of their respective branches. We 
quote as follows : 

"Rev. Paul Henkel, was a son of Jacob Henkel, who was a 
son of Justus Henkel, a son of Rev. Gerhard Henkel, who was a 
//(^//'r^^^/^f^r (preacher of a German Court), and came to America 
about 1718, and located at Germantown, near Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania. Rev. Gerhard Henkel was a descendant of Count 
Henkel, of Poeltzig, who was instrumental in sending Rev. Muh- 
lenburg to America. Count Henkel was a descendant of Johann 
Henkel, D. D., L.L. D., born in Lentschan, Hungray, and was 
Father Confessor to Queen Maria about lo.'iO. He sympathised 
with Protestantism, and maintained friendly relation with Mel- 
anchthon, Erasmus, Spalation and others who were engaged 
in the Reformation of the sixteenth century." 

Mrs Susan Henkel, nee Koiner, at present, has three sons 
who stand in the front rank of their profession: 

Dr. C. C. Henkel, the eldest, entered the army as surgeon 
of the 37th Regiment in 1863; was promoted to surgeon of 3rd 
Brigade; was a member of the Virginia Medical Examining Board 
of General T. J Jackson's Corps, and continued until the surren- 
der on April 8, 1865; after, which he returned to practice at the 
parental home, — New Market Virginia, where he is held in the 
highest estimation. 

Her second son, is Dr. Abram M. Henkel, a distinguished 
graduate of the New York University, with one year post grad- 
uate study and practice on specialties : now long established in a 
full practice in the City of Staunton, Virginia, and Surgeon to 
the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway . 

Her third son. Dr. Haller H. Henkel, a young man of elabo- 
rate preparation, of fine talent and varied experience; stands in 
the front fank of the profession, with his brother Abram in the 
City of Staunton. 

She has a grandson, Dr. Casper Otto Miller, a son of Dr. 
Shultz and Julia, nee Henkel, a successful physician in the city 
of Baltimore, Maryland. He has been Lecturer on Histology 



and Microscopy for two sessions, in the Medical Department of 
the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He went to Heidelberg, 
Europe, in April last, (1893) to take a special course at the Medi- 
cal University in Bacteriology, and will remain until September 
next. He has been working in the Pathological Laboratories of 
Johns Hopkins Hospital for six years, and has become quite an 
expert in the use of the miscroscope. He is well pleased with 
Heidleburg so far, and states his German has served him well. 
He is a young man of excellent habits, atjd is much devoted 
the church, hence much good will probably result from his labors 
in advancing science. 

She has two sons-in-law : Dr. Shultz Miller, a popular Phy- 
sician and father of the grand-son ; also Dr. William P. Cricken- 
berger, a surgeon and dentist. 

Mrs. Henkle is one of the few living grand-daughters of the 
Great Progenitors of the Koiner family; and is now (1892), in 
her 84th year. New Market, Va. 

The children of Susan Koiner and Dr. S. G. Henkel, are: 
Rebecca Margaret, Casper C, Julia V., Ellen H.,' Mary, Susan 
E., Celsus, Abram M., Emma M., Ida M., Cora A., Annie 
E.,and Haller H. 

4. Rebecca M. Henkel, born July 29, 1833, daughter of 
Dr. S. G. Henkel, married Gideon Koiner, son of Jacob; no issue. 
New Market, Va. 

4. Dr. C. C. Henkel, son of Dr. S. G., married Margaret 
Miller, daughter of Peter Miller, of Winchester, Virginia ; their 
issue: Ellen. 

4. Julia V. Henkel, daughter of Dr. S. G., married Dr. 
Shultz Miller; their issue : Dr. Casper, of Baltimore, Maryland, 
and Ada. 

4. Ellen H. Henkel, daughter of Dr. S. G., married Wm. 
Fulmerof Stuartsville, New Jersey; their issue: a son. Both 
mother and son are dead. 

4. Susan E. Henkel, daughter of Dr. S. G., married Wm. 
Myers; their issue : Willie, Samuel. Godfrey, Haller, and Kagy. 
Orange County, Florida. 

4. Dr. Abram M. Henkel, son of Dr. S. G., married Mrs. 
Virginia M. Moffett, daughter of Samuel and Amanda F. Moore, 
near New Market, Va. ; their is ue : Godfrey. Staunton, Va. 


4. Emma Henkel, daughter of Dr. S. ()., married David 
Kagy ; no issue. 

4. Cora A. Henkel, daughter of Dr. S. O., married 
Charles W. Heater; their issue: Haller. Strasburg, Va. 

4. Annie L. Henkel, daughter of Dr. S. G., married Dr. 
Wm. P. Crickenberger. New Market, Va. 

4. Dr. Haller H. Henkel, son of Dr. S. C, married 
Olive Turney, of St. Louis, Missouri ; their issue : Hallie. 
Staunton, Va. 

The Simon branch of Casper. 

3. Simon Coiner, son of Casper, son of Michael Keinadt, 
was born January 29, 1806 ; and married Margaret Miller, daugh- 
ter of John and Catharine, January 1, 1834. Margaret was born, 
December 11, 1814. He is yet living (1892), in his 87th year. His 
has been a life of temperance, industry and uniformity. He has 
never been sick, or lost a meal from indisposition. He has made 
very few enemies, and is- of cheerful disposition. He has been a 
devoted and liberal supporter of the Lutheran Church and 
its doctrines. His business career has been a success; he was a 
farmer. In improving his property, he built mills, barns, dwell- 
ings, &c.; the family has been well provided for and his 
children reared to usefulness and respectability. He has been, 
from his first vote cast for Andrew Jackson for President, to his 
recent vote for Grover Cleveland, 1892, an unswerving Democrat 
in principles. His sympathies were with his State in the late war, 
and he supported with patriotic fervor the cause which he deemed 
just. He avowed his sentiments on public questions and sup- 
ported them with becoming zeal. His gentle wife, Margaret 
Miller, is an appropriate counterpart, in disposition and life; 
their issue : Elijah, Susan (died young), Julia Ann, Casper Mil- 
ler, John Nicholas, Simon Celsus, and Philip Melanchton. 

4. Elijah Coiner, son of Simon, was born October 26, 
1834, is of pleasant manners, clever attainments, and popular 
with his associates. He was an officer of cavalrj^ with Company 
E. 1st Virginia Regiment, one of the select companies of the 
State, which rendered distinguished service. In an engagement 
in the Valley, at Mt. Jackson, Lieutenant Coiner was wounded in 
the ankle, which greatly endangered his life ; and from which he 


still suffers. He holds the office of Supervisor of his District. 
He was a very efficient Director, in providing and rearing the 
beautiful and appropriate Monument which marks the resting- 
place, and symbolizes the efficient and noble life of our ancestors. 
He is one of the most respected and successful farmers of his 
great county. He has demonstrated that 13 crops of wheat, in 
succession, may be raised on the same land, by the judicious use 
of commercial fertilizers, though the land be naturally thin. He 
has excellent judgment and is a successful business man. On Jan- 
uary 13, 1864, he married Annie Bettie Read, daughter of 
Thomas and Winnifred, of New Market. Virginia ; their issue : 
Ida Miller, Edgar Thomas, Casper Simon, Effie Winnifred, Han- 
nah Rebecca, and Harry Celsus. 

5. Ida M. Coiner, daughter of Elijah, married W. J. 
Grove, October 31, 1888 , issue : Frederick Coiner, and Luther 

5 Edgar T. Coiner, son of Elijah, has a good mind, was 
very efficient in the family memorial work, is a student and will 
be heard from. 

4. Mary S. Coiner, daughter ol Simon was born March 3, 
1837, and died September 21, 1838. 

4. Julia C. Coiner, daughter of Simon, was born Sep- 
tember 30, 1839, married Marion Coiner ; their faniily reported is 
in the Benjamin branch. 

4. Casper M. Coiner, born April 14, 1842, son of Simon, 
was a good soldier. Company E. 1st Virginia Cavalry. He lost 
his life. May 24, 1864, in the charge, at Kentons Landing, James 
River, Virginia. He rests in the Monumental Cemeter}^ 

4. John N. Coiner, son of Simon, born October 17, 1844, 
was also a young soldier in Colonel Mosbey's command, was 
captured with his fine horse, and made a prisoner for 18 months 
at Ft. Delaware. He is now a manufacturer of flour, and is pros- 
perous. "John Nick is a capitol fellow and has the confidence 
of all who know him." He married Susan Frances Leonard, 
daughter of John and Mary ; their issue : Loyd Leonard, Mary 
Olive, and Grover Bell. 

4. Simon C. Coiner, son of Simon, Sr., born March 2, 
1849, maried Margaret Elizabeth Overholt, daughter of Reuben 
and Delilah, October 23, 1876 ; their issue: Robert Eugene (deceas- 
ed), Ada Aline, Haller Hale, Minnie Page, and Ula Grace. 


4. Philip M. Coiner, son of Simon, Sr., was born Jnly 
15, 18r>-'>, married Effie Amelia lyincoln ; daughter of Jacol) and 
Caroline, of Rockingham County, Virginia; their issue: Casper 
Cecil, and Hortense Margaret. 

The Benjamin branch of Caaper. 

3. Benjamin Coiner, son of Casper, son of Michael 
Keinadt the Progenitor, married Mary Miller, who was born July, 
1810. She is an excellent lady, of great patience and motherly 
kindness, of ready perception and a good mind ; now in her H'.ird 
year. Benjamin died September 5, 1 808, aged 01 years ; their 
issue : Catharine Margaret, Noah (buried at Bethlehem Church), 
Cinthia Ann (deceased), Marion, Martin Diller, Mary Susan, Mar- 
tha Ellen, Rebecca Frances, Benjamin Franklin, and Sarah Jane. 

4. Catharine M. Coiner, daughter of Benjamin, married 
Jackson Palmer. Waynesboro, Virginia. , 

4. Marion Coiner, son of Benjamin, has a good mind, 
clever attainments, broad common sense, with good judgment. 
He is an efficient Director, Secretary and Treasurer of the Michael 
Koiner Memorial Association. He has held local office, makes 
himself useful, and writes well. He was a member of the 52nd 
Regiment Virginia Infantry, for the first two years of the war. 
The last year, a member of 39th Battalion of Cavalry, connected 
with Gen. Lee's Head -quarters as scouts, guides, orcouriers. He 
was wounded in the right arm, at the battle of McDowell, and 
would probably have been killed instantly, but for his diary and 
Bible which he had in his coat pocket ; these arrested a ball which 
struck through the diary and penetrated to the middle of his Bible. 
He still exhibits the book, which shows the work of the missile. 
He married Julia Ann Coiner, daughter of Simon ; issue : Diller 
Miller, Oscar Albertus, Benjamin Luther (deceased), Mary Mar- 
garet, well educated at the Staunton Female Seminary and intel- 
ligent, and Simon Meredith, Willie Viola, Annie Lillian, Kate 
Von Bora, and Lola Ruth. 

4. Martin D. Koiner, son of Benjamin, died at Fort 
Delaware '' prison pen ,' ' while a Confederate soldier, in 1SG3, 
aged 20 years. 

4. Mary S. Koiner, daughter of Benjamin, is reported 
with Cornelius, in the Samuel Coiner branch. 


4. Martha E. Koiner, daughter of Benjamin, married J. 
M. Leonard ; issue : Luther. 

4. Rebecca F. Coiner, daughter of Benjamin, married 
Philip D. Coyner, son of Archibald S., of the Philip Grand 
Division; issue: Alda Olivia,. and Elmore Clifton. 

4. Benjamin F. Koiner, son of Benjamin, married Mollie 
Celestine Coyner, daughter of David D. Coyner, son of George 
Michael of the "Long Meadows;" issue : Hugh A., Mary M., 
Meta A., Willmina B., and Norah C. 

4. Sarah J. Koiner, daughter of Benjamin, married Ezra 
Leonard ; issue : Blanche, Frederick and Mays. 


Seventh Grand Division— Catharine. 

2. Catharine Koiner, daughter of Michael Keinadt and 
Margaret, nee Diller, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsyl- 
vania, about the year 17(5(). Her next older brother Casper was 
born in 1764 ; and her next younger brother John, was bcMii in 
17()8. She was the seventh child. Her parents moved from Mil- 
lerstown, to near Carlisle, Cumberland County, in 1773. While 
at this latter residence, Catharine married George Slagle. On the 
removal, of the "Progenitors and their family, in 1789, to Augusta 
County. Virginia it it believed that George Slagle and wife came 
also, though a descendant of his has it, that "George became 
located in Virginia, in 1782." The location referred to, was 
named "World's End," now "Koiner's Store," and is adjoining 
the, now. Monumental Cemetery, about two miles north of Cri- 
mora Station, on the northern branch of the Norfolk & Western 
Railway. The Slagle homestead is still held by the kindred, now 
100 years. George Slagle was a tanner. He conducted a yard 
(which has been kept up to a very recent date), a distiller3^ a mill 
and farmed a little. He died, April 21, 1820, and was buried 
in the adjoining Cemetery. It is said that Catharine "was a great 
financier in her day." With her sons, she continued business 
at the homestead, until in the thirties, when . she removed 
to Ross County, Ohio, whither her brothers John and Jacob, and 
some of her sons had gone. Here she procured valuable 
property, made such provisions, and inculcated such principles 
and business habits that her children did well ,and some of 
them became wealthy. Catharine Slagle, nee Kooiner, died 
November 10, 1855, in her 90th year. (Some say she died in 
August, 1855, 94 years of age; the 94, is evidently an error.) 
She was buried in a country Cemetery near New Jasper, Green 
county, Ohio, at a spot indicated by herself. She spent the even- 
ing of her life with some of her daughters. Her last, with Susan 
Clemens. Her grand-daughter, Mrs. Kate McEwin, nee Slagle, 
says of her grand-mother, that "She w^as strictly pious, and read 
her German Bible a great deal, and talked with Father and 
Mother much about Heaven and death ; as she made her home 
with them for a number of years, until they moved to London." 


Here again, is an illustration of the value of early parental instruc- 
tion in the word of God. Far back in Pennsylvania, her • pious 
parents dedicated her to God, in Holy Baptism, and taught her 
the way of life. When the evening of her time had come, she 
still trusted in the God of her Fathers and urged the same conso- 
lation on her posterity with zeal and fidelity. 

The children of George and Catharine Slagle, nee Koiner,, 
were: John, Jacob, . Christian, Franklin, David and George 
(twins), Henry, Susan, Catharine, Mary, and Joseph. 

The John branch of Catharine. 

3. John Slagle, the son of George and Catharine Slagle, 
nee Koiner, was born in Virginia, probably abot* 1802. He 
died, about 1840, and was buried near New Jasper, Green County, 

The Jacob branch of Catharine. 

3. Jacob SlaglE, son of George and Catharine, nee Koi- 
ner, was born about 1804, in Virginia, married Elizabeth Eakle, 
a daughter of Capt. John Eakle, an officer in the war of 1812, who 
resided near New Hope, Augusta County, Virginia. She was 
born in 1804, and is still living, about 89 years of age ; their 
issue: Henry, Franklin, Elizabeth A., Joseph, Harvey, Eliza, 
Jane, Susan, Silas, Harriet, &c.— the total number of children is 
13. This family moved to Ohio, in 1826. 

4. Henry Slagle. the son of Jacob, son of George, was 
born near Koiner's Store, Virginia. He married Amanda Briggs, 
daughter of Charles Briggs, Ross County, Ohio. 

4. Frauklin Slagle, son of Jacob, born in Virginia, mar- 
ried Martha Peterson, daughter of Colonel Peterson. 

4. Elizabeth A. Slagle, daughter of Jacob, married 
Abram Shobe, Ross County, Ohio. 

4. Eliza J. Slagle, daughter of Jacob, married John 
Wood. Ross County, Ohio. 

4. Susan Slagle, daughter of Jacob, married William 
Miller, of near Waynesboro, Virginia. Now of Ohio. 

4. Silas Slagle, son of Jacob, married Jennie Suimons, 
of Illinois. Died in Kansas. 


4. Harrikt Slagle, daujihtcr of J.-icoh, married Luther 
Bradle3'; their issue : Bessie Bradley, and Mrs. I',. A. Shohe. 
Good Hope, Ohio. 

The Christian branch or Catharine. 

3. Christian K. Slagi.e, born January 1, ISOC, mar- 
ried December J , liS31, died December li4, l<S7(i, was llie son of 
George Slagle and Catharine, nee Koiner, married Fannie ICakle, 
born May L'S, KSl 1 ; died December 21, ]S,S5, the daughter of 
Captain John, near New Hope, Virginia. Observe the connection 
of Jacob and Christian Slagle, by their Koiner mother, and Mar- 
tin Coyner, of the Casper Division, who married Anna Eakle; 
and also, the connection of the Eakles by reason of Captain John 
Eakle, having married Elizabeth Barger, the sister of Margaret, 
the wife of Casper Koiner, the Progenitors of that iiumense 
branch. The issue of Christian K. Slagle and Fannie Eakle are ; 
Virginia F., Edwin, Juno Minerva, Mary A., Austin, Albert. 
Oliver, Kate, Charles, Franklin, and Arthur. 

4. Virginia F. Slagle, born December 9, 1832. daughter 

of Christian, married Mr. Clark, February 10, ]852. London, 


4. Edwin Slagle, was born April 8, 18.')4, in Ross County, 

Ohio. Goold, Mo. 

4. Juno M. Slagle, born May 16, 1 805, daughter of Chris- 
tian, married Mr. Bovinger, March 30, 1852. Chetopia, Kansas. 

4. Mary A. Slagle, born August 19, 18.30, daughter of 
Christian, married a Mr. Rhinehart, July 20, 18.55. Columbus, 

4. Austin Slagle, son of Christian, was born March 23, 
1838. Los Angelos, California^ 

4. Albert Slagle, son of Christian, was born March 18, 
1840, London, Ohio. 

4. Oliver Slagle, son of Christian, was born September 
26, 1841. Kansas City, Mo. 

4 Kate Slagle, born September 30, 1 84.), daughter of Chris- 
tian, married Mr. McEwen, October 20, 1891. Chetopia, Kan. 

4. Charles Slagle, son of Christian, was born August 
13, 1850. Black Hills. 

4. Franklin Slagle, son of Christian, was born Nov- 
ember 2, 1852, in Madison County, Ohio. Blairtown, Mo. 



4. Arthur Slagle, born Septemper 9, 1854, son of Chris- 
tian, Madison County, Ohio, married, in 1886. He has two 
sons; Edwin, born in 1886, and Blmer, in 1887. He is in posses- 
sion of his father's family Bible from which the above dates were 
taken. He also owns the old homestead of Christian Koiner Sla- 
gle. It has a family history and ownership of 50 years. In 1863, 
a fire destroyed a woollen factory, a large tannery, a large saw-mill , 
and other buildings ; an estimated damage of $40,000. 

3. Franklin Slagle, son of George Slagle and Catharine, 
nee Koiner. Columbus, Ohio. 

3. David Slagle, son of George and Catharine Koiner 
Slagle, died at about 88 years. Piqua, Ohio. He has a grand- 
son, Mr. Freson, at Bellefontaine, Ohio, a hard- ware merchant. 

The George branch of Catharine. 

3. George Slagle, a twin brother of David, died at 
Cottage Grove, Oregon, some years ago, at the age of 86 years, 
leaving a son named Lawson, and probably others, and a daugh- 
ter Mahalah Cary. 

4. Lawson Slagle, son of George, the son of George and 
Catharine Koiner, is at Cottage Grove, Lane County, Oregon. 

4. Mahalah C. Slagle, daughter of George, married Mr. 
M. D. Ellis, and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

3. Henry Slagle, son of George and Catharine Koiner 
Slagle, was accidentally killed in a bark-mill. 

3. Mary Slagle, the daughter of George and Catharine 
Slagle, married George Engleman. They have a grand-daughter 
living near Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri, named 
Elizabeth Sapp. 

The Klizabeth C. branch of Catharine. 

3. Elizabeth C. Slagle, the daughter of George and 
Catharine Koiner Slagle, married Jacob C. Kite, of Page County, 
Virginia; issue: Julia Ann, William H., Isabella, George L., 
Elizabeth C, O. H. P., Mary C, Jacob R., Angeline and Martin 
V. B. 

CATiiAKiM': si,.\r;i,i:. 90 

4. WiLijAiM H. KiTic, son of IClizaht-tli C , is married. His 
issue are : Daniel P. (deceased), Mary ICniily, Thomas \\'., l.oth 
married Kites, and are in Missouri fannint,^ ; ]{liza J., married a 
Mr. Coffman ; David M., a druggist in Baltimore, married a Miss 
Gist; Joseph B., married Miss Newman : Isaac W. Kite, a Sur- 
geon in the U. S. Navy ; Lizzie C. married Mr. \'arner, in Mis- 
souri; and John P. Kite. 

The Susan branch of Catharine. 

;}. SUvSAN Slagi.e, born in \'irginia, Juul- !», 17!t(;, daugh- 
ter of George and Catharine, married John D. Clemens, who was 
born November IS, 1785, and died January liL, l.SfWJ. They were 
married in 1815 ; i.ssue : ten children, five are living (18t)'J), viz : 
George L. aged 74 years; John G., aged 7li years; 
Rachel Cooper, (52 years ; Susan Davis, 00 years ; Emily Mc- 
Clain, 56 years ; Catharine Melrose, died March 5, 1892; Mary 
Fichthorn, died in her 18th \'ear ; Nancy, died in her 2nd year, 
and Casper died in 2nd year. John D. and Susan Clemens had 54 
grand-children, 40 of whom are living, and 17 great-grand- 

The Miargaret branch of Catharine. 

3. Margaret Slagle, daughter of George and Catharine, 
married Jonathan Fellows ; issue : 2 sons, both Physicians, Joseph 
and Samuel, the latter lost his life at Greenfield, Highland Coun- 
ty, Ohio. And a daughter who married Dr. Ireland, of Colum- 
bia City, Indiana. 

The Rachel branch of Catharine. 

3. Rachel Slagle, daughter of George and Catharine, 
married George Greiner, of Augusta County, Virginia, a farmer, 
who died. Some of their descendants live in Nebraska, and 
Joseph Greiner lives at Washington Court House. Ohio. Subse- 
quently she married Jonathan Balsley, of Sherando. where the\' 
resided until quite aged and died in the christian faith, and were 
buried in the Cemetery of that village. 



The? Joseph, branch of eatharine. 

3. Hon. Joseph Slagle, born September 26, 1810, in 
Augusta County, Virginia, is the youngest child of the late 
George and Catharine Koiner Slagle. When a youth he sought 
an education and entered the University of Virginia, at its early 
opening; thence to Richmond, Virginia, in 1827, where he re- 
mained until the death of his father, April 21,1828. He then 
emigrated to Green County, Ohio, where he taught school, &c., 
for eight years; and where he married Catharine Long, in 1832. 
In 1839 he moved with his family to Livingston County, Missouri. 
Here his wife died, June 6, 1841. By this marriage there were 4 
children, all of whom are dead except his son Columbus C. In 
business he had prospered, until 1845, he sustained a heavy loss 
by fire. But his indomitable resolution and will prompted him to 
rebuild his mills, and he continued to prosper. In 1846, he was 
elected Judge of the County Court, which he held for four years. 
In 1863, he made a business tour, with a train over the Plains, to 
Denver, Salt Lake, Idaho, and Montana, until 1868, when he 
removed to his farm, 10 miles north of Chillicothe, where he 
lived until 1883, when he returned to town. On November 22, 
1843, Judge Slagle married Catharine Stone, of Greyson, West 
Virginia. Her death occurred early in 1844. His third marriage 
occurred. May 5, 1845, to Sarah Littlepage, who died in 1846, 
leaving a daughter, who married William H. Jones. In 1848 he 
was united in marriage to Elizabeth Crawford, of Hancock Coun- 
ty, Illinois. She died in 1849. In June 17, 1869, he was again 
married to Mrs. Charlotte P. Elliss, nee Parent, of Coles County, 
Illinois. Her parents were from near Lexington, Kentucky. By 
this marriage he has one son, Joseph Lee Slagle, 22 years ot age, 
and succeeding nicely with a farm, &c. Judge Slagle has 12 
grand-children, all doing well, and 9 great-grand-children. In 
politics he was a Democrat ; in religion he was a Presbyterian, 
and after, an Immersionist of the Disciples School. 

Judge Slagle is a large hearted man, of generous impulses, a 
prop to society and a leader in his large and influential county. 
He is now in his 83rd year. 

4. Julia A. Slagle, daughter of Judge Slagle and Cath- 
arine, married Dames Belche, a prosperous farmer of Linn Coun- 
ty, Missouri. She is now dead. 


4. Amkrica Slaglk, son of Judge Single and Catharine, 
died at the age of 17 years. 

4. London E., and Joseph ^lagle, died in infancy. 

4. Dr. Columbus C. Slagi.ic, the son of Judge Joseph Slagle 
of Chillicothe, Mo., and Catharine Long his first wife, was horn in 
1835, 'in Green Co., Ohio. He was educated at Williams Jewell 
College, Missouri, and at the University' of Missouri; and his 
medical education, at the University of Louis\'ille, Kentucky, 
KS()i, and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, ISiV.i. He 
located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in iS(!,s. He has filled the 
Chair of Diseases of Children in the Minneapolis College of Phy- 
sicians and Surgeons since its organization in ISS.S ; and is Presi- 
dent of the Minnesota College of Pharmacy. His name has a 
permanent place in Medical Literature. See Cyclopedia of Dis- 
eases of Children, Vol. I, Article Rubella, as quoted by Dr. 
Edwards, &c. In February, 18(55, he married Emma L. Sprung, 
ot London, Ohio, born 1849, died April 5, 1891, aged 44 years: — 
leaving Joseph, aged 2G years, and Carrie If) years old. 


Eighth Grand. Oivision — John. 

2. John Coyner, the son of Michael Keinadt and Margaret, 
nee Diller, was born August 8, 1768, at Millerstown, Lancaster 
Co. , Pennsylvania. On the removal of his father to the farm which 
he bought of John Walker, in 1773, situated on the Yellow 
Breeches Creek, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, John was 
about five years old. Here, in the vicinity of Carlisle, he grew to 
manhood. As remembered by the writer, he was a man of five 
feet and eight inches in height, with a well developed, stout 
frame; black eyes, well protected by a broad projecting 
forehead, with heavy eyebrows and nose slight!}^ aquiline. He 
conversed freely and pleasantly; was grave and dignified in his 
old age. He came with his father to Virginia, probably in the 
Autumn of 1789. He was soon settled on a farm, two miles west 
of his father's residence near Koiner's Store. He married Han- 
nah Lavel, and had a large family, and a married daughter when 
he emigrated in 1814, to Ohio. His farm in Virginia was poor, 
and the new State of Ohio, with its rich soil, was then opening, 
so he removed to near Frankfort, in the valley of Paint Creek, 
Ross County, Ohio, where he purchased a farm, which he much 
admired while camping on it over night in his journe}^ through 
the countrj^ Here he settled a large and pro.sperous famil3^ 
He visited his kindred in Virginia the latter part of the thirties, 
when he bore the appearance of a venerable old man — taking 
leave of his kindred the last time, imparting lessons of wisdom 
and of piety. He returned to Ohio and closed his earthly pil- 
grimage, September 8, 1852, aged 84 years. He was probably 
buried in Greentown Cemetery, near Frankfort, Ross County, 
Ohio. Hannah, his wife was born 1778, and died 1856: aged 78 
years. She was buried with her husband. Her highly respect- 
ed and prosperous family bear abundant testimony to the ex- 
cellence of her heart and mind, and the fidelit}^ with which she 
discharged her high trust. For numbers, longevity, prosperity 
and moral worth this famih' is rarely excelled. The children of 
John and Hannah Coyner, are, Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah, 
Susan, Hannah, Jane, Harriet, Julia Ann, Jemima, Rebecca, 
Christian, and David. 

JOHN' covxi'K. 1(»:; 

The Margaref branch of John. 

3. Margret Coynhr, daughtt-r of John and Hannah, mar- 
ried Martin Grove, in Virginia, before- tlu- re-nioval to Oliio. Sin- 
lived to the age of 88 years. Their issue : eiglit, tour living — 
Martin, Noah, Christopher, and Isal)ella. All have families and 
live near Austin, Ross County, Ohio. 

The Elizabeth branch oT John. 

3. Elizabeth Covxer, daughter of John and Hannah, 
married Martin Peterson; their issue : Albert, Phoebe, Jane, 
Hannah, and Harriet. 

4. Albert Peterson, son of Martin and Elizabeth, net 
Coyner, is wealthy and lives near the parental home. 

The Sarah branch of John. 

3. Sarah Covmer, daughter of John and Hannah, married 
first, Edward Shobe; their issue : Silas, Jonas, Ira, Julia Ann ; 
the latter is living. 

Her second husband was John Beard ; issue: Harriet. Han- 
nah, Jane, and Isabella ; all living. This venerable lady attained 
her 94th year on September 27, 1892, and is in good health. 

The Susan branch of John. 

3. Susan Coyner, daughter of John, was born March 2(5, 
1801, in Virginia, was baptised by Rev. Folz, a Lutheran Minis- 
ter, in "Keinadt's Church,"' and recorded in the Church Register 
of same. She married Jonas Peterson, a brother of Martin Peter- 
son, mentioned above, and Phoebe Peterson the wife of Michael 
Coyner, of the Tenth Grand Division. They are the children of 
the late John Peterson, who lived near Petersburg, Virginia. The 
issue of Jonas and Susan Coyner Peterson, are: John, Martin, 
Paris, Jonas, and Christian ; all wealthy: daughters : Jane, Hati- 
nah, Sarah, and Elizabeth. 

The Hannah branch of John. 

3. Hannah Coyner, daughter of John, was born Septem- 
ber 9, 1807, in Augusta County, Virginia, was baptised by Rev. 
Folz, which is recorded in the family Church Register ; married 
George Clowser, September, 1824 ; were married G8 years Sep- 
tember, 1892. She was then 84 years old and is still living; issue : 


John, a Physician; George, a Lawyer (residing in Tacoma, III.), 
Nelson, David, Jesse, Lysander, Mrs. Sarah Ganum, Mrs. 
Jemima Parrett, and Mrs. Jane Reed. 

4. Jane Clowser, daughter of George and Hannah dow- 
ser, nee Coyner, daughter of John Coyner, son of Michael Kein- 
adt, the American Progenitor, married Samuel Reed, a promi- 
nent Lawyer of Monticello, Illinois. 

The Julia 25. branch of John. 

3. Julia A. Coyner. daughter of John, son of Michael 
Keinadt, married Erasmus Tullys, a merchant, (now deadj. She 
lives at Yellow Springs, Green County, Ohio. Their children 
are : Lysander, a Lawyer ; Russel, Arthur, Sarah, and Frances. 

4. Sarah Tullys, daughter of Erasmus and Julia Ann 
Tullys, nee Coyner, daughter of John, son of Michael Keinadt, 
married D. C. Anderson, Cashier of the Merchants & Farmers 
Bank of Frankfort, Ohio. 

4. Frances Tullys, daughter of Erasmus, married Frank 
Crain, a merchant of Wilmington, Green County, Ohio. 

Xhe Jemima branch of John. 

•S. Jemima Coyner, daughter of John and Llannah, married 
William Fisher, a farmer in Champaign County, Illinois; their 
issue; John J., James Madison, David C. (deceased), Russel, 
Martin, Susan (deceased), and Hannah. 

The Rebecca branch of John. 

4. Rebecca Coyner, daughter of John, married Richard 
Waugh ; issue: John, David (died in the army), Mrs. Julia 
Dyer, and Mrs. Elizabeth Dyer ; one is a salesman at Pittsburg. 

Xhe Christian branch of John. 

3. Chrlstian Coyner, son of John and Hannah, was born 
May 30, 1803, in Augusta County, Virginia, and was baptised by 
Rev. Folz, which is recorded in the family Church Register. He 
was li years old when his father moved to Ohio. He commenced 
life in Ross County, Ohio, and was reputed a good man, and 
married Elizabeth Teter ; their issue: John, Samuel, Erasmus, 
Tullys, Mary, David, Hannah, Nancy, Jemima, Julia Ann, 1-vliz- 
abeth, and Margaret. Christian moved to Iowa and died, nearly 
7.") years of age. 


4. John CoiNKK, son of Cliristiaii, innrricd Jtiniina Jones ; 
issue: Angelo Jones, Mary Elizabeth, Lauid W-thi, Martha Ann, 
Oscar Elmer, and William Edgar. Newton, Jasper County, Iowa. 

5. Angelo J. Coinkr, son of John, married I.ourinda Tul- 
lys ; issue: Laura Etta, Grace, Warren, Ernest, Mal^le, and Ada. 

5. Mary E. Coiner, daughter of John, son of Christian, 
married Silas B. Tallnian ; issue: Mary, Artemus, Murtel, 
Franklin, Cary, Anna Bell, &c. 

5. Laura V. Coiner, daughter of John, married Nelson A. 
Baker; issue: Maud, John, Arthur, and Meda. 

5. Martha A. Coiner, daughter of John, married John B. 

5. Oscar E. Coiner, son of John, married Fannie Shell- 
hart ; issue : Carey, and William Roy. 

5. William E. Coiner, son of John, is dead. 

4. Jemima Coiner, daughter of Christian, married Cyrus 
Claypole. Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. 

4. Nancy Coiner, daughter of Christian, married John 

4. Mary Coiner, daughter of Christian, married Nelson 

4. Samuel Coiner, son of Christian, son of John, Sr., the 
son of Michael Keinadt and Margaret his wife, nee Diller, mar- 
ried Dorcas Hammitt ; issue : Christian Oscar, and France L. 

5. Christian O. Coiner, son of Samuel, married Sarah 
E. Parkins. 

5. France L. Coiner, daughter of Samuel, married Frank 
P. Lee. Seattle, Washington. 

4. David Coiner, son of Christian, married Elizabeth 
Baker ; issue : Marl, and Mar}^ 

4. Margaret L. Coiner, daughter of Christian, married 
William R. Campbell. Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. 

4. Julia A. Coiner, daughter of Christian, married Corne- 
lius Spearman. Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. 

4. Hannah Coiner, daughter of Christian, married John 

4. E. TuLLiS Coiner, son of Christian, son of John, Sr., 
son of Michael Keinadt and Margaret his wife, nee Diller, the 
Progenitors of the American family, is probnbly the Methodist 



preacher who was an army Chaplain and died during the war. 
He married Mary E. Young ; issue: Beverly Waugh. 

5. Beverly W. Coiner, son of E. Tullis, married Ida 
Hare ; issue : two fine boys. 

Beverl)' W. Coiner, by profession, is a lawyer, and resides in 
Tacoma. Wash. He has held the office of city attorney ; was the 
Democratic candidate for Congress in the Tacoma District, which 
is strongly Republican and came near an election by reason of his 
personal popularity. He is a young man of culture and decided 
cleverness in every way. 

4. Elizabeth Coiner, daughter of Christian, married 
William Boyd. 

The David branch of John. 

3. David Coyner, son of John, the son of Michael Keinadt 
and Margaret, nee Diller, was born April 12, 1812, in Augusta 
County, Virginia, baptised by Rev. George H. Reimensnyder at 
the family church, near Koiner's Store, and in the year 1814, 
when two years old, was taken by his father on his removal to 
near Frankfort, Ross County, Ohio. Here he spent his life in 
usefulness and prosperity to the age of 80 years, 5 months, 25 
days. He was buried in Green Town Cemetery, near Frankfort, 
Ohio, having died September 29, 1892. He was an excellent 
man, to whom the writer is indebted for much valuable informa- 
tion. He married Sarah Mallow, June 5, 1834, and lived in wed- 
lock 58 years. They added to, and improved the homestead which 
has been held by the iamWy for 78 years. They have sons : Mar- 
titl, Albert, Noah and John A. ; daughters : Jane, Hannah, Mar- 
garet, Martha, and Emma Delilah. 

Of David Coyner, the progenitor of this branch of the family, 
it is said that he was highl)^ esteemed in his community ; that "he 
was a loving, kind and affectionate father, whose example is 
worthy of imitation and will live in the memories of his children, 
friends and neighbors forever." His life is an eloquent tribute to 
the beauty and excellence of the Christian virtues. 

4. Jane Coyner, daughter of David, married Samuel 
Bryant ; issue : H. H. Bryant (a successful man in Tiffin, Ohio), 
Alice, and Samuel. The mother and Alice live in Lamar, Mo. 


5. Alice Bryant, daughter of Sanmel and Jane, nee Coy- 
ner, married Martin Bush ; issue : two dead, and a daughter and 
son living. 

5. Samuel Bryant, the deceased son, leaves a wife and 
two children, in California, Mo. 

4. Martin Coyner. son of David, son of John, son of 
Michael Keinadt, resides on a farm bought by his father near 
Jefferson City, Missouri. He has sons: William, Kmory and 
Lewis ; daughters : Clara, and Sadie. Emory is acquiring an 
education, and Lewis is at home. 

5. William Coyner, son of Martin is in Chicago, Illinois. 
4. Albert Coyner, son of David, lives in Marion, Sullivan 

County, Indiana. He has a fine farm ; sons: Wilber, Earl and 
Roy ; daughters : Myrta, Phoebe and Arda. 

4. Noah Coyner, son of David, owns a good mill at Aus- 
tin, Ohio. He has daughters : Maud, Gracy, and Mary ; and 
a son, Floyd. 

4. John A. Coyner, son of David, son of John, has one 
daughter and resides with his family at the fine old ancestral home 
purchased, in part, by his grand-father on his first removal from 
Virginia, to near Austin, Ross County, Ohio. 

4. Hannah M. Coyner, daughter of David, married G. 
M. Eichelberger, and now lives in Fayette County, Ohio ; issue . 
Norah, Lizzie, Sarah, Meade, and Floyd ; all single, and a very 
bright family. 

4. Martha Coyner, daughter of David, married George 
Haniwalt; they live in Frankiort, Ohio ; issue: one daughter 
(dead), David C, Ollie, and Carl, all single. 

4. Emma D. Coyner, daughter of David, married A. B. 
Cline, they have no children. Frankfort, Ohio. , 


IHlntli Grand Division — Martin.. 

IBy request, the Hon. C. Luther Coymer, of San Diego, Texas, 
gra7id-son of Martin Coyner, has kindly furnished the History and 
Genealogy of the Ninth Grand Division, except a few items which 
have been added. ^ 

2. Martin Luther Coyner, the ninth child, and sixth 
sou, of Michael, the American Progenitor, was born in Lancaster 
Count5^ Penns3'lvania, October 20, 1771. He attended the school 
near his father's iarm and when a j^outh of eighteen summers,' 
in 1789, moved with his father to Augusta County, Virginia. 
On October 3, 1795, he purchased a farm of 450 acres for 425 
pounds current money; of this tract, he conveyed 100 acres, for 
200 pounds to his brother-in-law, George Hedabaugh, July 17, 
1796. Said farm was situated on Long Glade, in Augusta Coun- 
ty, Virginia, about twelve miles due North of Staunton, near the 
now thriving village of Spring Hill. Here he lived a life of 
intelligent activitj^ and success in business. 

In the year, 1792 on November 10, he married Miss Elizabeth 
Rhea, a niece ol Govenor Archibald Rhea, who had been Governor 
of North Carolina, during the time the territory, now included 
in the State of Tennessee, was under the control of that State, and 
for whom Rhea County in Tennessee, was named. 

Honorable John Rhea, who represented Tennessee in the 
Congress of the United States, from 1812 to 1821, was a brother, 
and the wife of Captain Thomas Turk, of Augusta County militia, 
a sister. This Rhea family were all killed by the Indians a 
few years before and one of the boys, Archibald Rhea, was burn- 
ed at the stake, by the blood thirsty savages, who afterwards were 
followed by the settlers, to near the Stone Fort, in Augusta 
County and all killed. Elizabeth, who was then visiting her 
sister, Mrs. Turk, in Augusta County, and her brother mention- 
ed above, who was in the west at the time, were saved. 

The family of her sister, objected to Elizabeth marrying, 
Martin Coyner, giving as a reason that he was a German and 


would make her work too hard, as she had been reared tenderly, 
and raised in the lap of luxury. To which she replied, she 
would marry Martin Coyner, if she had hut one dress to her back. 
Elizabeth was of pure Scotch Irish blood and was descended 
on her fathers side from Archibald, .')rd Duke of Ar^yle, Scot- 
land, so renowned in that country and ICn^land; and on her 
mother's side from the Binghams of New York, who had founded 
Bingham ton, Broome County, in that State. She was born iiear 
Raleigh , the Capitol of North Carolina, on November 10, ITiJ."), 
and received a thorough education. She was distinguished for 
her wifely duty, noble qualities and christian piety. Positive 
when duty called her, kind and loving, yet firm in ruling her 
children, graceful in manner and ladylike in speech, neat in per- 
son and tidy in her house, and withal a model among Augusta 
County housewives; a perfect help-mate to her honored husband, 
raising seven strong, handsome, intelligent Virginia sons and two 
beautiful Southern daughters. She lived to see them all married 
and happy, and died where she had lived, August 24, 1841, and 
lies buried at Mossy Creek, near the Presbyterian Church of 
which she was for nearly half a century, a consistent member. 

Martin, the head of this branch, purchased other lands near 
and adjoining his former purchase, and built, in 180(), the large 
stone mansion, with rock, which was quarried from his own land, 
nearby. He was a strait-forward business man, exact, though 
not close, honest and upright withal. He was slow to anger 
and systematic in all that he did, — "what was worth doing was 
worth doing well," was his motto. He was rather positive in 
his nature and the following incident is related, showing how he 
disliked a careless workman. 

He was having a well dug near his house and coming to 
rock, it was necessary for the workmen to use powder in blasting. 
Having been called to dinner, they carelessly left the powder- 
horn on the ground, near by the fire, which was close to the open 
well. One of the negro lads while handling the powder-horn set 
fire to the powder, which resulted in putting out the boy's eyes 
and nearly killing him. The workmen were paid off and dis- 
charged, as too careless to work for him and the well, partly dug, 
was filled up. The negro thus made blind and unable to work, 
was ever afterwards supported by him, while he lived, and we 
find this clause in his will: "I further direct that my blind negro 


man Thorn, remain on the plantation and be supported by my 
son Addison, out of the proceeds of the farm." His love for 
education not only was shown in the thorough education of all 
of his children, but . reached out to his grand-children. — In his 
will dated January 14, 1842, this clause appears: "7th, It is my 
will and desire that my son Addison, have the care and manage- 
ment of my grand-son, Archibald Coyner, and send him to 
school, until he obtaines a common English education, and also 
endeavor to have him learn some useful trade by the time he is 
21 years of age." 

The sons of this lover of education stood high in the 
learned professions, one became an eminent Presbyterian minister, 
historian and author, another a prominent physician, another an 
able and honored judge, and among his grand-children there may 
be found many filling the professions with pleasure and profit to 
themselves and honor to the name. 

He accumulated enough wealth upon his farm to furnish all 
of his nine children, when they arrived at maturity, with a sum 
equal to the price of this home farm, which in his will he left to 
his youngest son's children. He never held any public office, 
except the one held during the war of 1812, and his sword is still 
treasured by his oldest son's family, being now in the hands of a 
great grand son. The particular office he held has not been 
ascertained but think it was of the rank of captain. And it was 
a pleasure as well as a duty, as he often expressed it, to do his 
humble part in sustaining the honor and advancing the welfare 
of his community, county, state and country. He therefore took 
great interest in elections, and voted at every Presidential election 
from 1792 to 1842. He was a Federalist in principal, but voted 
for Jefferson, Madison and Monroe because they were Virginians. 
In 1828 and 1832 he voted for Jackson, and in the twelve pres- 
idential elections only twice did he cast his vote for the candi- 
date not elected, which were Jefferson in 1796, VanBuren in 
1840. From 1828 to 1842, the time of his his death, he was an 
earnest Democrat. 

He was temperate in his habits, a good liver, and provided 
plenty for his family and to spare, for guest and stranger. He 
was for years before his death a faithful member of the Presby- 
terian Church, at Mossy Creek, Virginia, where his remains lie 
buried, by the side of his faithful wife, who only crossed over 


the river some six months heforc liiiii. Tombstones mark their 
resting place. 

He was honored by his neighl)(jrs and esteemed by all who 
knew him. In stature he was tall and well made. Had received 
a good education and was a factor in his community. He was 
loved by his family, revered by his many friends and respected 
])y all with whom he came in contact. Hedied P'ebruary i), ISlli. 
His children were. John, l)orn 17!».'>; Robert, born 1705 (died in 
Ohio); Archibald R., born 17{)7; Margaret Diller, born I7!»!i 
(died in Indiana, 1887); James Burgess, born ISOl; Sarah Bing- 
ham, born 180;^ (died in Virginia); Martin Luther, born ISO.") 
(died in Indiana); David H., born 1807 (died in Ohio 1801) 
Addison H., born 1809 (died in Illinois, 185G). 

The John branch of IVIartin. 

o John Coynkr, the oldest son of Martin Luther, who was 
the 9th child of the American Progenitor, was born on "Long 
Glade" in Augusta County, Virginia, 179o. When quite a young 
man he left his native county and emigrated to Jassemine Coun- 
ty, Kentucky, not many miles south of where the beautiful city 
of Lexington now stands. In this garden spot of America he 
became acquainted with, and in 1817 married Miss Nancy Zim- 
merman, a lady born and raised in the Blue Grass region, and 
visited his parents and native state on a bridal tour. Returning 
to Kentucky, he remained and prospered in Jassemine County, 
until 1 881 . He had become the owner of land and here all his 
children were born. In 1831 he removed with his family to 
Marian County, Indiana, where he resided until 18;U, when he 
again removed to Kentucky, where in that year his wife died. A 
few years later he removed to Illinois, where he resided until his 
death, which occurred in 1851. John Coyner was honored and 
respected and he and his wife were fervent Christians. There chil- 
dren were : Martin Luther, born May 15, 1818 (died November 
2, 1891); James B., born about 1820 (deceased); Elizabeth, born 
1823 (resides at Spring Creek, Virginia); Robert, born about 1825 
(resides at Staunton, Virginia): Sarah, born 182(» (died in 1842); 
and Archibald, born about 1828. 

4. Martin Luther Coyner, son of John Coyner, son of 
Martin L. Coyner, son of Michael the American Progenitor, was 


born in Jassemine County, Kentucky, May 15, 1818. Being the 
first grandchild, he was named after the founder of this branch 
of this numerous family and was left his grand-father's sword 
whichj remains in the hands of his sons to-day. Being reared by 
noble parents, he became a nobleman, honored and beloved by his 
neighbors and acquaintance. In 1834 Martin Coyner removed 
with his father to Indiana and in Putman County, that State, he 
married Ingray J. Hollenbeck, on July 2, 1840. 

Miss Hollenbeck was born in Washington County, Indiana, 
July 26, 1824. Her father was John Hollenbeck, of New York, 
and her mother Miss Rhoda Henderson, of Pennsylvania. Martin 
ly. Coyner was a factor in his community where he lived and died, 
Muscatine County, Iowa. His widow and daughter still live 
(1892) in Nichol, Iowa. His children are: Jasper Nev^^ton, 
born May 30, 1841, (died in the U. S. Army January 13, 1862); 
Leonnah, born June 16, 1843 (died November 9, 1848); Alexan- 
der, born July 27, 1846 (died March 18, 1885); Julian, born Oc- 
tober 7, 1819 (died August 16, 1850); Rhoda Alice, born July 4, 
1857; Adaline, born February 1, I860 (died March 18, 1885). 

5. Alexander Coyner, son of Martin L. and Ingray J., 
married Miss Eunice Elder; their issue: Dellie, born April 13, 
1872; Annie, born April 6, 1874; Mark, born December 4, 1875; 
Harry, born April 6, 1878; Clayton, born July 24, 1881 ; and 
Edward, born January 14, 1883. All living. 

5. Rhoda A. Coyner, daughter of Martin E. and. Ingray 
J., married Noah Slater, November 2, 1877; their issue: Charles 
S., born November 2, 1878 (still living); Espy, born June 29, 
1880, died March 23, 1886. Noah Slater was born in 1854 and 
died in 1891. 

4. James B. Coyner, the son of John Coyner, son of Martin 
E. Coyner, was born about 1820 in Jassemine County, Kentucky. 
His residence, Eexington, Ky. 

4. Elizabeth Coyner, the daughter of John, the son of 
Martin E., son of Michael, the American Progenitor, was born 
in 1823, married in 1842, Robert Coyner, her cousin, sonofChri-s 
tian Coyner, eleventh child, of Michael the American Progenitor. 
Both are now (1892) living at Spring Creek, Rockingham County, 
Virginia. Their family is reported in the Eleventh Grand Divis- 
ion — Christian. 


4. Robert Coyner, the fourth child of John Coyner, the 
oldest child of Martin L. Coyner, was born alx)ut l.S'J.S. He lived 
for a while, before the Confederate war, in Upshur County, W. 
Va. Pending and after the war he lived in Augusta County, 
Virginia. He suffered losses; was unsettled by the effects of the 
war; for a wdiile was a prisoner and suffered from ill health until 
he died, near Staunton, Virginia, in l.Si)L'. He was of an amiable 
disposition and a christian, of the Presbyterian church. He 
married a Miss Elizabeth Van Lear, of Augusta County, \'ir- 
ginia; their issue: Ellen J., Egbert R., Janet E., and William A. 

4. Archibald Coyner, son of John Coyner, son of Martin 
L. Coyner, was born in 1830, and married Sophie P. Walker. 
Residence, Upshur County, W. Va. 

The Robert branch of IVlartin. 

3". Judge Robert Coyner, the second son of Martin L., 
son of Michael the Progenitor, was born in 1794, on Long Glade, 
Augusta County, Virginia. He grew up to be a man of stability 
and solid worth. In 1818, in then, Bath County, Virginia, he 
married Margaret Gwinn, who was born in 1800; their issue : 
Elizabeth Susan, David Silas, John McCuchan, and Robert Craw- 
ford. They emigrated to Ross County, Ohio, and settled near 
his uncle John Coyner. Here Robert prospered, established him- 
self favorably in the estimation of the country and was made a 
Judge of one of their courts. His wafe died in Ross County, 
Ohio, in 1847, and was buried in the family ground at Pisgah 
Church. He married a second time, in 1849, Martha Edmiston ; 
their issue : Edmiston Fullerton. His second wife died and he 
then married Frances Wallace. She died without issue. After 
being long identified with the rapidly growing State of Ohio, lead- 
ing an honorable and useful life, he died July 1874, when 82 

years of age. 

4. Elizabeth S. Coyner, daughter of Hon. Robert, mar- 
ried Edward Wilson ; issue: J. E. C. Wilson. Her second mar- 
riage was to William Gormeley ; issue : Robert, William, Moses, 
and Braston. Edgerton, South Dakota. 

4. David S. Coyner, son of Hon. Robert, married Matilda 
Heizer ; issue : Samuel Robert, Henry Martin, David Gwinn, 
Daniel Moore, Silas Crawford, John Edward, Margaret Elizabeth , 



Frances Caroline, and Harriet Elvine. The second wife of David 
S. Coyner was Elizabeth Lyle, married in 1880. She died, March, 
1890, without issue. D. S. Coyner has visited many of his rela- 
tives and furnished information for this work. 

4. John M. Coyner, the second son of Judge Coyner, was 
born in 1826, and now, (1892) resides in Palms, Los Angeles 
County, California. He married first Miss Mary Willson, with 
the following issue : William, (died young); and Emma Margaret. 

5. Emma M. Coyner, married October 6, 1875, Rev. 
Josiah Fielch, Pastor of the First Presbyterian church, at Salt 
Lake City, Utah. She died August 31, 1876. 

John M. Coyner, married second Mrs. Anna D. L. Parrot ; 
no issue. Prof. John M. Coyner was born in the Mossy Creek 
neighborhood, Augusta County, Virginia. In September 1837, 
at the age of ten years, he went with his father to Ross County, 
Ohio. He graduated at Hemenese College, in Indiana, in 1852, 
and spent 38 years in the school room: mostly in connection with 
church Academies and Colleges. He was six years in public 
school work, as school superintendent. He spent ten years in 
Salt Lake City, in the Educational Mission Work of the Pres- 
byterian church, and established the Salt Lake Collegiate Insti- 
tute, now a College. At length he went to Southern California on 
account of his wife's health, and there engaged as Vice-President 
and Professor of Natural Science, in the Los Angeles Occidental 
Presbyterian College. In June 1889 he bought a farm to make 
himself a comfortable home, in his old age, "in the garden spot 
of the world." He, (with his nephew J. E. Coyner, who is with 
him), has 30 acres in fruit, 250 acres in corn (1892) in one field, 
125 varieties of roses and 45,000 orange trees in the nursery. 
They are 10 miles from Los Angeles on the Railroad to Santa 
Monica, which is the principal sea bathing resort of Southern 
California, and are five miles from the ocean. Prof. John M. 
Coyner, has done a great work through that western land, which 
will follow him and constitute a monument to his memory very 
long after he has gone to his reward. A life well spent, honors 
our Creater, blesses our race and furnishes a brilliant example, 
inviting the rising generation to come up higher. Here is a noble 
end by noble means obtained, in a modest and unpretentious life. 

4. Robert C. Coyner, the third son of Judge Coyner, 
second son of Martin L., son of Michael the first, was born July 


18, 1838, in Ross Count}', Ohio. His first wife was Anna Gar- 
rett, deceased. His second wile is Mary A. Dunkle, born 
August 2(), 1842 ; issue: Jennie E., born November 1, 1870; 
William Robert, born April 1 , 187.'}; Heber Wright, born De- 
cember 2, 1875; Frederick and John (twins), born November 2S, 
1877; and Ralph, born May 18, 1883 ; John is dead. The chil- 
dren are yet unmarried (1892). 

Robert Crawford Coyner is a wounded Union Soldier. He 
attended the Grand Army Reunion at Washington in September, 
1892; visited with his wife, on his way, some of his relatives in 
Augusta County, Virginia, where he made a good impression and 
was joyfull}' received. He is a pleasant and refined gentleman; 
merchant of Peoria, Illinois, and a contributor to the Ancestral 

4. Edmiston F. Coyner, is the fourth son of Judge Robert 
Coyner and the only child by Martha Edmiston, his second wife. 
It is reported this son had no children. 

Tine Archibald branch of Martin. 

3. Archibald R. Coyner, the third son of Martin L., son 
of the American Progenitor, was born in Augusta County, Va., 
1797. He was named after his grand uncle Archibald Rhea, at 
one time Governor of North Carolina, who was a descendant of 
Archibald, the third Duke of Argyle. Archibald R. Coyner, 
was a powerful man, being six feet in height and well proportion- 
ed. He was a lover of music; had a deep bass voice, and was 
a fine singer. The following incident is told of him : At one 
time, while on a business trip to^Richmond, Virginia, he was 
detained over Sabbaih, and attended church ; when the congrega- 
tion engaged in singing, the tune being familiar, he joined in 
singing bass, his sonorous voice was heard alone, even above the 
choir, and attracted the attention of all the congregation. The 
chorister, after church, approached him and offered to employ him 
to sing in the choir ; Richmond not being his home, h-e was com- 
pelled to decline the offer. He married Miss Mary Brown, of 
Rockingham County, Virginia, who was born in 1805. Mar>- 
Brown was the third child of Rev. John Brown, of that county, 
who preached for over 50 years in the Valley, and who was so 
beloved by his congregation that 40 years after his death, which 


occurred in 1850, the Chapel, erected where he preached, was 
called "Brown Chapel," in his hoaor. 

Archibald R. and Mary Brown, his wife, had issue : John, 
Alexander, James, Archibald, Jane, and Mary. They resided 
at several places after leaving Virginia. It is said they removed 
to Missouri, in 1856. Archibald R., is reported dead, and the 
residence of the family is not known. 

The rVIargarct D. brancti of IVIartin. 

3. Margaret D. Coyner, the fourth child and first daugh- 
ter of Martin L-, the ninth child of Michael, the American Pro- 
genitor, was born on Long Glade, Augusta County, Virginia, 
December 17, 1799. She was educated at the Presbyterian School, 
now Augusta Female Seminary, at Staunton, Virginia, and was 
equally noted amongst her early friends and associates for her 
great personal beauty, her vivacity and popularity. The follow- 
ing is copied from an obituary written by Dr. Jno. E. Lockridge, 
of Indianapolis, Indiana, where she lived and died : 

"She was reared in opulence, but when her husband thought 
best to emigrate west of the Alleghanies, she cheerfully determin- 
ed to share with him the hardships of a pioneer life. In 1836 she 
left the Valley of Virginia with her little family, and after nine 
weeks of travel, made their home on the East bank of White river 
in (the city of Indianapolis.) That was more than fifty years ago 
and all the hardships surrounding a life (in that city), at that 
time have been experienced by many others who j^et live (1887) 
to testify to their rigid trials: — the "puncheon floor," the un- 
glazed windows, and the one-room cabin, as she often expressed 
it, in dreadful contrast with the dear old Stone Mansion of her 
father. The hard manual labor was equallj^ so, to one who had 
been reared and petted by a colored 'Uncle Tom' and 'Aunt Fan- 
nie.' Yet she wrought on, and planned on, and with her own 
hands made garments for her sturdy and industrious sons ; her hus- 
band having been an invalid nearly all his life, could do but little, 
except to advise and furnish an example of energy and great integ- 
rity, for which he was so noted. For the last quarter of a century 
she has reaped the reward of those earlier privations, and has been 
in the enjoyment of every comfort that filial affection could de- 
vise. The interregnum of hardships incident to pioneer life only 


served to make more prominent those noble traits of character, 
which otherwise might have partially remained dormant. She 
was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis 
and had been a member of that sect for sixty years or more, 
when she died which occurred January S, 1S.S7. Her religion 
was unobtrusive in words ; there was a refined modesty in all her 
christian deportment, which 'vaunteth not, is not i)uffcd up, 
nor behaveth unseeml3^' Her generosity was equally unosten- 
tatious, but to give was her greatest pleasure, and from her the 
needy never went empty. One of her most attractive characteris- 
tics was her childlike candor and frankness, utterly void of any 
mask, which would put to shame much of the ostentation of the 
present day." 

She married in about 18;>0, John William Bradshaw, who 
was born about 1790, in Nottoway County, Virginia, and was a 
brave soldier from Virginia, in the war of 1812. He died at his 
home in Indianapolis, Indiana, about 1860, and with his wife is 
buried there. Their children are : James Martin Luther; William 
Archibald; John Addison; Erasmus and Henry (twins), died 
young; Lucy, born 1839, died young ; Elizabeth ; Sarah Cath- 
erine, born 1843, died young; and Mary. 

4. Captain James M. L. Bradshaw, born 1831, was 
married, and died 1890. 

4. William A. Bradshaw, was born 1833, and resides 
in Indianapolis, Ind. 

4. John A. Bradshaw, was born 1835, and resides in 
Indianapolis,' Ind. 

4. Elizabeth Bradshaw. was born 3 841, and married a 
Mr. Reynolds. 

4. Mary Bradshaw, born about 184."). in Indianopolis, 
married about 1880, Dr. John Russell Hussy: no issue. They 
are now living at Woodruff Place, Indianapolis, Ind. 

The J. Ourgcss branch of Martin, 

',3. Dr. James B. Coyner, the son of Martin L., son of 
Michael, the American Progenitor, was born in Augusta County, 
Virginia, 1801, married Miss Matilda Stewart, about 1830. They 
settled in Bath County, Virginia. He spent his life in practicing 
his profession among the people generally, doing many works 


of charity, which rendered him popular and respected by alL 
They had children, of whose location we are not fully advised. 
Some of his sons are reported business-men, at Clifton Forge, 
Virginia; the names furnished are: H. Coyner, William, Robert, 
James, and Luther. Dr. J. B. Coiner, is supposed to have died 
during the civil war. 

The Sarah S, branch of Martin. 

3. Sarah B. Coyner, daughter of Martin L., son of the 
American Progenitor of this family, was born in Augusta Count5^ 
Virginia, 1803; married James Bell, the oldest son ot Captain 
David Bell, who was an ofiicer from Augusta County, Virginia, 
in the war of 1812. His mother was a Miss Christian; his great 
grand-father also named James Bell, was a surveyor, and one of 
the first Magistrates of Augusta County, Virginia, holding that 
position in 1745. His wife was Miss Agnes Hogshead. He 
came from Ireland and settled on Long Glade, about 1740. His 
grand-father was John Bell, who died October 17, 1842, oldest 
son of James Bell the surveyor, was a brave soldier in the Revo- 
lutionar}^ war. He had no issue by his first and second wives. 
His third wdfe was Elizabeth Griffith, and the mother of Capt. 
David Bell. 

Sarah Coyner was educated in Staunton, Virginia, and was 
a true type of the Coyner women, giving six of her seven sons to 
the Southern cause of '61 and '65, and when condoled at the death 
of two and the loss perhaps of the others, said she only wished 
she had six more sons to give to her country. She was named 
after her grand-aunt, not only being descended from the Duke of 
Argyle of Scotland, but from the Binghams of New York, on her 
mother's side. The town of Binghampton, in New York, was 
founded by and named after this family of Binghams. Issue : 
Seven sons as follows: Alexander, Addison, Luther, William, 
Daniel, Frank M., and Samuel. 

4. Alexander Bell, son of Sarah and James, married 
Lizzie Honsberger, Spring Creek, Virginia. He died of disease 
contracted in the Confederate army, being a member of Company 
"C." 5th Virginia Infantry Regiment, "Stonewall" Brigade. 
Issue : Lizzie, Spring Creek, Virginia ; Charles, married, and 
has issue. Parnassus, Va. 

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4. Addison Bkll, son of vSarali and James, was a iiiemlKT 
of Company "C." r)tli Virginia Infantry Regiment, "Stonewall" 
Brigade, and was killed at Chancellorsville, in IS(;;{ — left no issue. 

4. Luther Bkll, son of Sarah and James, was a member 
of Company "D," r)2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment. Knlisted 
in ]8()1 and died of disease contracted in the army, in ISdi,'. Left 
no issue. 

4. William Bkll, son of Sarah and James, was a member 
of the "Liberty Hall" Company, 4th Virginia Regiment. Was 
severely wounded at Kernstown, Virginia, March, ISHii. Is now 
practicing medicine in Fauquier County, Virginia ; married and 
has issue. 

4. Daniel Bell, son of Sarah and James, was a member 
of Compan^^ "C," 5th Virginia Infantry Regiment, "Stonewall" 
Brigade. Was wounded at Gettysburg in 18(13. Is now living 
in Staunton, Virginia ; married and has issue. 

4. Frank M. Bell, son of Sarah and James, was a member 
of Conipan}^ "C," 5th Virginia Infantry Regiment, "Stonewall" 
Brigade ; served through the entire war, in which he was severely 
wounded ; is now living in Augiista County, Virginia ; married 
Miss Lina Trotter, and has issue. 

4. Samuel Bell, son of Sarah and James, was, like his 
other brothers, born in Augusta Count}', Virginia, but was too 
young to enter the array. Is now living in Augusta County, 
Virginia, is married and has issue. 

The IVIartin 1*. branch of Martin. 


3. Martin L. Coyner, the seventh child and fifth son of 
Martin Luther, ninth child of Michael, the American Progenitor, 
was born in Augusta County, Virginia, in 1805. He was an en- 
ergetic, progressive, enterprising man, and constructed, as contrac- 
tor more railroads than any other man of his section and time. 
He crossed the plains, from Virginia to California, three times by 
wagon, and it is said he made three fortunes, and lost them by 
speculation. He was well educated but the Scotch-Irish blood 
in his veins would not allow him to sit idle when, as he expresed 
it, there was so much to do and see. His travels and wide ex- 
perience in the West gave him a fund of knowledge, and made 
him an agreeable companion. He had contracted the freedom 


and liberality of the Western population, and he did not value 
money. While his money made was not hoarded up, he alwaj^s 
managed to own land. Before he left Virginia he manifested that 
restless and enterprising disposition. He married, first. Miss 
Jane Seymore, probably of Hardy County, W. Virginia, who was of 
noble blood, and connected with the Seymores of New York. 
One of this family was nominated for president of the United 
States on the Democratic ticket. Martin L. Coyner's first wife 
died. He married a second time, and died in Indianopolis, Ind- 
iana. His children by his first wife are, Seymore, and William R. 

4. Seymore Coyner, son of Martin L,. , and Jane, is married, 
has issue, and lives at Sheridan, Ind. 

4. William R. Coyner, son of Martin L., and Jane, of 
Indianapolis, Indiana, took sides with the South, in the civil 
war, and showed himself true to his convictions and a brave man 
in the army, where he found many of his kindred, made himself 
known to them and was joyfully received. On December 22, 
1892, in addressing a friendly letter to Major. A. Koiner, from 
Frostburg, Maryland, in which he states that his family are all 
grown up and that his health is good, he subscribes himself W. 
R. Coyner, "Rebel son of M. L. Coyner, Indianapolis, Indiana." 
"He is a chip of the old block," not only in firm and high pur- 
poses, but in a commanding presence. Martin L,. Coyner was a 
man of great muscular power. 

4. John Coyner, son of Martin L., by his second wife, is 
married, has issue, and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. 


The David H. branch of IVIartin. 

3. Rev. David H. Coyner, son of Martin L., son of 
Michael, the American Progenitor, was born in Augusta County, 
Virginia, April 13, 1807. He received a collegiate education, 
graduating at W^illiam & Mary College, Virginia, and was an 
earnest minister of the Gospel in the Methodist Church for 50 
years or more. He married first Miss Catherine McNeill who died 
about 183G; their issue: Catherine. 

4. Catherine Coyner, daughter of David H. and Cath- 
erine, married Mr. Samuel H. Alexander, of Moorefield, West 
Virginia. Their issue : Richard and Albert, twins; and Mamie. 
Both boys grew to manhood, but died recently. 


Rev. David H. Coyner, on March 2<), l,s.'5<), inarricl a second 
time Miss Catherine KHza Snod^rass, of Hardy C(junty. W. Vir- 
ginia, Rev. William Scott officiating-. [Rev. David II. Coyner 
was a Presbyterian; he is inadvertantly i)rintcd above as a Meth- 
odist.] His second wife was born April ;">, isn>, and died April 
20, 18(>4. He afterwards married as his third wife Miss Francis 
Snodgrass, sister of his second wife. He died at Kelbcuirn, Ohio, 
January 21, 1892, in his Soth year, at his own home. 

Rev. David H. Coyner was not only an a])le preacher and 
lecturer but was also a successful author and historian. During 
the four years from 1842 to 1847, which he spent on the frontier 
between New Mexico and high up on the Missouri river, he 
gathered material for a book (stereotyped), many editions of which 
have been published and sold. A great many of the facts con- 
tained in this historical collection he got from men who had been 
with Lewis and Clark across the Rocky Mountains in 1805-6-7. 
He was Post Chaplain in Camp Chase, 4 miles West of Co- 
lumbus, Ohio, during the late war, and he, w'ith four of his sons, 
put in 11 years service for the United States — two of his sons 
losing their lives for the Union. After the war he located at Eden, 
Delaware County, Ohio. His children : Homer; William; 
Sumner, born 1840, died young; Martin Luther, born ISKl; 
James, George, Frank, Charles, Sarah E., and Eliza. 

4. Homer Coyner, son of David H., was born 1840, died 
from disease contracted in the U. S. Army; left no issue. 

4. William Coyner, son of David H., was born 1842, 
died from disease contracted while in the U. S. Army during the 
late war ; left no issue . 

4. James Coyner, son of David H., was born 1848, living 
(1892), at Amada city, California. 

4. George Coyner, son of David H., was born isr)0 ; is 
now practicing law in Delaware County, Ohio, and is a Coyner of 
whom the family may well be proud, being a gentleman of worth 
and ability, and a factor in his community. He married Miss 
Emma Hippie, an elegant and intelligent lady ; their children 
are : Charles Coyner, born 1883 ; Koel Coyner, born 188(>. 

4. Frank Coyner, son of David H., was born 1852. Is 
now an able business man of Delaware County, Ohio. 

4. Charles Coyner, son of David H., was born 18.")4. Is 
now a successful farmer near Eden, Delaware County, Ohio. 



4. Sarah E. Coyner, daughter of David H., was born 
1856, married a Mr. Kahmwicker and is now living at Codington, 

4. Eliza Coyner, daughter of David H., was born 1858, 
and married a Mr. Eaker, and is now living at Kilborn, Ohio. 

The JSddison H. branch of Martin. 

3. Addison H. Coyner, the son of Martin L., the son of 
Michael, the American Progenitor, was born on Long Glade, 
Augusta County, Va., May 11, 1809. He received a thorough 
education, and on November 10, 1881, married Miss Elizabeth 
Brown, a daughter of the Rev. John Browm, ot Rockingham 
County, Virginia. 

"Father Brown," as he was called, was a minister of the 
Gospel of the' German Reformed Presbj^terian Church, for whom 
"Brown Cha])el" of that county was named. He was the oldest 
son of Harman Brown, of Bremen, Germany, and came to the 
United States in 1799. He was born July 21, 1771 ; married 
Miss Elizabeth Fall, and died in Bridge water, January 26, 1850 ; 
having preached for over 50 years and being master of five differ- 
ent languages, preaching in English and German. Elizabeth 
Brown was a sister of Mary, the wife of Archibald R., the brother 
of Addison H. Co3'ner, and was born November 29. 1811, and is 
now (1892), the oldest living Coyner of this, the Ninth Grand 
Division, she being also the only Coyner of the third generation 
now living, in this branch. [She has since died, at Colorado 
Springs, September 23, 1892.] 

Addison H. Coyner, by his father's will, became the life 
owner, in 1842, ot the Old Homestead, at Long Glade ; after his 
death it passed to his children. He took great interest in poli- 
tics, but never held any office ; though for years before his death 
he was Captain of a Militia Company of Augusta County, Vir- 
ginia, and was known in the community as "Captain Add." He 
lived on the Old Homestead until the year of his death. That 
j-ear he \tent to McLean County, Illinois, where he purchased, 
near Bloomington, a farm, but taking sick, died there, Novem- 
ber 17, 1856. He and his wife were both consistent members of 
the Presbyterian Church of Mossy Creek, Virginia, where all of 
their 7 children were christened. Issue : Mary Elizabeth, Lydia 


Margaret, Samuel Brown, Sarah Louisa, James William, John 
Addison, Charles Luther. 

4. Mary E. Coynek, oldest child ot Addison H. and KHz 
beth, was born April 13, KS.'M, in Augusta County-, Va. She re- 
ceived a good education, having attended the Augusta R-male 
Seminary at Staunton, V.a ; married Mr. Bronson Smith, June 
9, 1851, who w^as born April 7, lS21i, on Long Glade, Virginia. 
Her father deeded her a farm, near the old Homestead, in or 
1855. This farm was sold, and she, witli her husband, removed 
to McLean County, Illinois. In I8(i(>, they removed to Livings- 
ton County, Illinois, where they resided on a fine farm near For- 
rest, owned by them, until 181)0. when this farm was sold and 
she removed to the State of Washington, near the town of Slaugh- 
ter, where she now resides with her husband and younger chil- 

■dren, on her own land, blessed with peace and contentment. 
Both she and her husband are fervent Christians of the Presbyte- 
rian Church. They have reared a large and prosperous family, 
and have accumulated considerable property. 

Mr. Smith, while living in McLean and Livingston Counties, 
Illinois, filled several offices of trust with honor and profit. He 
is decended from worthy parents of Connecticut, and is honored 
and respected by all who know him. Their children are: Julia 
Brown, Mary Ellen, William Addison, Lucy May, Fannie Bell, 
Howard Parkhurst, Bronson Ethel, Coyner Colfax, Frank Burn- 
man, Gertrude Louise, Mabel Lockridge, and Burke. 

5. Julia B. Smith, daughter of Bronson and Mary E., was 
born 1852, in Augusta County, Virginia ; married in 1877, Mr. 
Charles Sherill, in Livingston County, Illinois, and now (18I>2\ 
resides near Morris, Grundy County, Illinois. Their children 
are : Elizabeth, Margaret, and Louis Bronson. 

5 Mary E. Smith, daughter of Bronson and Mary E., was 
born 1854, in Augusta County, Virginia ; died !8()7, in Livings- 
ton County, Illinois. 

5. William A. Smith, son of Bronson and Mary E., was 
born November 17, 1856, in McLean County, Illinois ; married 
Miss Carrie Twitchell, in Livingston County, Illinois, with issue. 

5. Lucy M. Smith, daughter of Bronson and Mary E.. was 
born 1858, in McLean County, Illinois ; resides in Slaughter, 
Washington. No issue. 


5. Fannie B. Smith, daughter of Bronson and Mary E., 
was born 18G0, in IMcLean County, Illinois ; married William 
Dixon, in Livingston County, Illinois, when the}^ reside near 
Forrest. Have issue. 

5. Howard P. Smith, son of Bronson and Mary E., was 
born 1862, in McLean County, Illinois; married Miss Nettie Bul- 
lard, Livingston County, Illinois, with issue. 

5. Bronson E. Smith, daughter of Bronson and Mary 
E., was born 1864, in McLean County, Illinois. Resides in 
Seattle, Washington. 

5. Coyner C. Smith, son of Bronson and Mary E., was 
born in 1866, in Livingston County, Illinois. Slaughter, Wash- 

5. Frank B. Smith, son of Bronson and Mary E., was 
born 1868, in Livingston County, Illinois. Slaughter, Wash- 

5. Gertrude L. Smith, daughter of Bronson and Mary 
E., was born 1870, in Livingston County, Illinois. Slaughter, 

5. Mabel L. Smith, daughter of Bronson and Mary E., 
was born 1872, in Livingston County, Illinois. Resides near 
Slaughter, Washington. 

5. Burke Smith, son of Bronson and Mary E., was born 
1874, in Livingston County, Illinois. Resides near Slaughter, 
Washington , 

4. Lydia M. Coyner. daughter of Addison H. and Eliza- 
beth, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, May 4th 1836. She 
was well educated, having attended the Augusta Female Seminary, 
at Staunton, Virginia. She is the author of several novels and 
shorter stories published in periodicals of to-day, showing a rare 
literary taste. She married Dr. John E. Lockridge, in Augusta 
County, Virginia, and resided at Mt. Solon, Virginia, until 1877. 
From this little village spread out Dr Lockridge's fame as a Phy- 
sican, until it was known not onl}' in, Augusta County, but all 
over Virginia. He was a member of the State Medical Society, 
and contributed manj^ valuable articles to the Medical Journals of 
the State. He served as surgeon in the Confederate army, during 
the late war, and now holds an honored public position in his 
adopted State. In 1877, Dr Lockridge sold his property in 
Virginia and removed to the cit}^ of Indianapolis, Indiana, where 


he now practices his profession with skill and ability. Both he 
and his wife are members of the 1st Episcopal Church, in that 
city, the same church to which the late Vice-President Hen- 
dricks belonged, and who, often l)efore his death, called Dr. 
L., for medical aid. Dr. and Mrs. Lockridge have no issue. 

4. Captain Samuel B. Coynkr, son of Addison H. and 
Elizabeth, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, April 1 1, \MS. 
He received a thorough education, read law, and attended the 
Lexington, Virginia Law School of 1S(J() and ISO I, and was in 
18()1, admitted to the bar in Staunton, Virginia. He was a mem- 
ber of the West Augusta Guards, a Company of Volunteer Militia, 
which was ordered to Harpers Ferry, during the John Brown 
affair. He joined the 52nd Virginia Infantry, in the summer of 
1801, with the understanding that he was to be transferred to the 
Cavalry, before he was mustered in; this was not done, and he 
was mustered in immediately. About a month later, Ashby's 
Cavalry coming through Staunton, where the 52nd Regiment 
was located, Captain Macon Jordan, of Company "D," Ashby's 
Cavalry, offering Captain Coyner a horse, he joined Captain 
Jordon's Company, and through the aid of General Thomas Jor- 
don, was regularly transferred form the 52nd Virginia Infantry to 
Company "D," of Ashby's Cavarly. Captain Jordan, being 
transferred to General Heath's Staff, Samuel B. Coyner, 
then a private, was elected Captain of his Company, upon 
the recommendation of Captain Jordan, which position he 
held to the day of his death, in 1863. At the reorganization in 
1862, this Company took the same place in the regiment as Com- 
pany "D." 

Captain Jordon's recommendation of Capt. Coyner states as 
his main reason why Capt. Coyner should be taken out of the 
ranks and be made Captain over other officers, was the gallantry 
of Coyner in the Romney fight in the early fall of '61. Captain 
Coyner was severely wounded near Culpepper Court House in the 
Cavalry fight August 20, 1862. In the fall of 18(>2, he was beaten 
by Major Meyers, by one vote, in the election for Major of the 
7th Virginia Cavalry. He was a trusted Captain of General Tur- 
ner Ashby, followed "Stonewall" Jackson through the mem- 
orable Valley Campaign of 1862. He was the Captain sent out 
by Ashby, by order of Jackson, to burn the White House, Colum- 
bia, and Conrad Store bridges, which order he fliithfully perform- 


ed, thereby saving Jackson's army. Jackson conceived the 
idea and received the glory of the deed; Ashby knew with whom 
to trust the dut3^ and should share the fame; Captain Coyner 
performed the deed, and fulfilled the important trust. Though all 
are dead to-day, yet these facts history will record. Captain Co\^- 
ner and his Company, in one battle alone, captured 63 of the ene- 
my. So Colonel R. H. Dulany recites on Captain Coyner 's 
muster roll. Among Captain Coyner's papers are found orders 
of importance, signed by Generals R. E. Lee, Stuart, Jack- 
son, Ashby, Robinson and W. E. Jones, showing that he 
was not only one of the bravest, but a trusted, noble, soldier. 

Rev. J. B. Averitt, in his history or life of Ashby speaks of 
Captain Coyner in the highesi terms, and the history of those three 
3'ears in which he fought for his*State and country, and ended by 
giving his life's blood, is something for which the Coyner name 
need never be ashamed, but is a page of history which shines out 
clear and bright as the stars of heaven, thro'ugh the blue sky. 
Captain Coyner was brave, gallant, noble and true, a Coyner in 
every sense of the word. While leading his Company in a charge 
September 13, 1863, near Culpepper Court House, not far from 
where he had been wounded, about a year before, he received his 
death wound. His lieutenants brought him off the field and he 
was taken to Orange Court House where he died September 16th, 
1863. He lies buried at Moss 5^ Creek, Virginia, "In his own 
cherished Valley." He left no issue. 

4. Sarah L. Coyner, daughter, of Addison H. and 
Elizabeth, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, June 7, 1816. 
She is a graduate of Snow Female Seminary and the Lincoln 
University of Illinois, and married in 1869, Milo Rowell in 
McLean County, Illinois, and is now living in Colorado Springs, 
Colorado. Mr. Rowell, is a successful merchant in that city and 
was a gallant soldier in the United States army, serving from 1861 
to 1865. Their children are: Elizabeth Abbott, born 1870; John; 
born 1874, died 1876; Elsie Finch, born 1877; and Stanly Strick- 
ler born 1881. 

4. Major James W. Coyner, son of Addison H. and 
Elizabeth, was born July 11, 1848, in Augusta County, Virginia. 
He was well educated, graduating in civil engineering; invent- 
ed in 1869, a needle cannon and was complimented by General 
Grant, President of the United States. In 1870, with other 


young men of Virginia, he joined General Thomas Jordan, in tlie 
Cuban afifair, and on November 10, 1.S71, while he had charj^e of 
the engineer corps of the Insurgents, with the rank of major, he 
was killed in the battle of the Spanish troops, near Havana, Cuba. 
He left no issue. 

4. John A. Covxkr, son of Addison H. and ICli/.abeth. was 
born in Augusta County, Virginia, November .">, l.s.K). He man- 
aged his mother's farm for several years before 1S7(), when he 
went to Minnesota, and remained one year. He then went to 
Texas, where he was in the stock business for several years. 
He is no\v a successful farmer in Ford County, Illinois, owning a 
fine farm jn that section. He has held various offices of trust, 
takes great interest in politics and is an eloquent and fluent 
speaker. He married, March 12tli, 1878, Miss Cilia Wilson, of 
Livingston County, Illinois, an accomplished and intelligent lady, 
a great lover of music, in which she is proficient. Their issue : 
Grace May, born 1879; Walter, born 1882; Louis, born 1884, 
and Theodore, born 1888. Piper City, Ford County, Illinois. 

4. Charles L. Coyner, the son of Addison H. and Eliz- 
abeth, was born in Augusta County, Virginia, February 8th, 1853. 
His father having died while Charles L. was young, he was 
early taught b}^ his worthy mother to depend upon himself. 
He attended school until he was fourteen years of age, and at 
that year was given the choice of going to school or work- 
ing for himself; he chose the latter, working for three months 
for a neighbor aiid taking for his pay a $75 colt. He attended 
Forrest College and graduated in 1872. He was elected town 
clerk in 1873, w^hen only 20 years old; read law, and was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1876; settled in Texas in 1877 : the next 
year he was appointed deputy surveyor of the county ; elected a 
delegate to the Democratic State Convention ; elected by the 
Democrats, Secretar}'- of the Executive Committee for two years, 
and practiced his profession. In 1879 he owned and edited, in 
connection with his law practice, a Democratic weekly newspaper 
and became a member of the Texas Press Association. The next 
year he vi^as appointed Special District Judge by the Governor of 
Texas, and was again sent as a delegate to represent his County 
in the State Democratic Convention. In 1881, he again owned 
and edited a Democratic weekly newspaper in connection with 
his law practice. In J 882, he was elected Chairman of the Judi- 
cial District Convention, and again sent as a delegate to the Dem- 


ocratic State Convention. In 1884, he was again Secretary of 
the Democratic Executive Committee of his County and sent as a 
delegate to the Democratic State Convention. 

He married at Moscow, Augusta County, Virginia, January 
3rd, 1884, Miss Margaret Cullum Blair, youngest daughter of the 
late Dr. William R. Blair. Dr. Blair ranked among the emi- 
nent Physicians of his day and time. He married Miss Hetty 
Wallace of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Her mother was a 
Graham. These three noble Scotch names, Wallace, Graham, and 
Blair, the mention of which makes the heart of every Scotch 
Irish man or woman of Augusta County, or any other place, tin- 
gle with pride, are linked with Mrs. Coyner's ancestors." 

Miss Blair was born in Moscow, Virginia, April 18, 1855. 
She was educated at the Augusta Female Seminary, in Staunton, 
Virginia. She is a true type of the Southern woman, the Vir- 
ginia lady and Christian wife. She and her husband moved to 
Duval County, Texas, in 1885. The next year he was again sent 
as a delegate from his county to the State Convention and elected 
Commonwealth's Attorney for two years, during which time he 
wrote the life of his brother. Captain Coyner. In 1888 he was 
again elected to the same oflSce and also sent as a delegate to the 
State Convention. The next year he was made Vice President 
of the San Diego Building Association and appointed District 
Attorney. In 1889 he w^as elected chairman of the Democratic 
Executive Committee of his county, attorney for the county and 
appointed attorney for the Texas Mexican R. R. Company, and 
a delegate to the State Convention. In 1891 he received two im- 
portant appointments, first, as chairman of the World's Fair Com- 
mittee of his county, and second, as delegate from his county to 
the Deep Water Convention at Denver, Colorado. In this year 
(1892) he has been appointed a delegate to three conventions: 
to represent his county and the state at Houston; the third Sup- 
reme Judicial at Austin, and the District Judicial at Loredo. He 
and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church; and own 
property and land in Texas and Virginia. They have no issue. 

These facts are chiefly copied from "Daniel's Personel of the 
the Texas State Government with sketches of Representative Men 
of Texas" published at San Antonio, 1892. 

[It is with pleasure, that the compiler of this work here ex- 
presses the fact, "that the Hon. C. Luther Coyner, by his intelli- 
gent zeal and ability, has promoted very efficiently the effort to 
perpetuate the memory of our Progenitors, the History and Gene- 
alogy of the Koiner family by his contribution to the Ninth Grand 
Division, and also by his unique poem and hymn.] 


Tenth Grand Division — Jacob. 

2. Jacob Coyner, the tenth child of Michael Keinadt and 
Margaret, nee Diller, the progenitors of the American family, was 
born August, 1770, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, as esti- 
mated by his family ; but it is said that Martin, his next elder 
brother, was born in 1771. John, the next older than Martin, 
was born August 8, 1768, and Christian the next younger than 
Jacob, was born October 15, 1774. It is prol:)able that Jacob was 
born August 1772 ; and from the birth of the eldest son ot Martin 
and purchase ot his farm, &c., it may be concluded that Martin 
was born in 1770, as some of the calculations make it. The sug- 
gestion that they were twins presents itself with plausibilit}', but 
there is no tradition to sustain it. This vras three years before his 
father moved into Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, on the 
farm bought of John Walker, on Yellow Breeches Creek, near 
Carlisle. Jacob was about 19 years of age when his father, in the 
autumn of 1789, emigrated to Augusta County, Virginia, 14 miles 
east of Staunton and settled on the farm now owned and occupied 
by Casper B. Koiner, Esq., near Koiner's store, Virginia. Jacob 
Coyner married Mary Byers, daughter probably of David, with 
whom he had a land transaction at an early date. After a resi- 
dence here of about 26 years, he moved with his family in 1816, 
to Ross County, Ohio, and settled within six miles of his brother 
John, near Frankfort. His early removal to Ohio, and his death 
when relatively young, debars us from a knowledge of his charac- 
teristics. It is only since the preparation of this work that it has 
been discovered that he has remaining an interesting and large 
posterity, chiefly near Frankfort, Ohio, and about Colfax, Indi- 
ana ; some of whom were veteran northern soldiers in the late con- 
flict. The inscription on their tombstones show that Jacob died 
August 17, 1825, aged 56 years ; Mary, his wife, died August .S. 
1840, aged 66 years, 11 months and 3 days. They were buried 
on their homestead farm, about 2 miles north of Frahkfort. They 
had issue: Michael, George, John D., Rosa, Elizabeth, Margaret, 
Mary, Fannie, Sarah, and Susanna. 



The family Church Record, at Koiner's Store, Augusta 
County, Virginia, shows the births and baptism of six children of 
Jacob Keinadt (Coyner), and Maria, his wife, recorded in the 
German language, to-wit : Michael, born January 29, 1798; David, 
March 13, 1802; George, May 18, 1806; other names which we 
have not translated, born and baptised in May 12, 1808, August 
31,1812 (Christena), March 11, 1815;— the last before the re- 
moval to Ohio. Some of these may have died in infancy. 

The R<Iichaei branch of Jacob. 

3. Michael Coyner, the son of Jacob, was born January 
29, 1798, baptised at Keinadt's Church, and reared to 18 years of 
age, in Augusta County, Virginia. He, doubtless, went with his 
father to near Frankfort, Ohio. A large portion of the population 
here were from Virginia. Michael married Phcebe Peterson, March 
24, 1797, a native of Virginia, from near Petersburg, a daughter 
of John Peterson, and a sister of Martin and Jonas Peterson, who 
married Elizabeth and Susan Coyner, daughters of John the 
progenitor of the Eighth Grand Division. From Ross County, 
Michael removed, probably to Green County, Ohio ; thence pro- 
bably to Clinton County, Indiana. The children of Michael and 
Phoebe Coyner were: John, William, Martin, Dillard, Jacob, 
Mary, Elizabeth, Fannie, Susanna, and Melisse. 

4. John Coyner, son of Michael and Phoebe, married 
Mary Ann Horney; issue : Phoebe and Rosa. 

5. Phcebe Coyner, daughter of John and Mary Ann, 
married Henry Shobe, Montgomery County, Indiana. 

5. Rosa Coyner, daughter of John and Mary Ann, married 
William Halsted, of Montgomery County. Indiana. They were 
both wealthy farmers. 

4. William Coyner, son of Michael, son of Jacob, mar- 
ried Amanda Loveless, Iroquois County, Indiana ; their issue : 
John D., ofTopeka, Kansas; William (deceased), Clara Jane, 
of Onargo, Illinois; Margaret Ann, and Nellie, of Renselaer, Indi- 
ana; and Frances, of Onargo, Illinois. 

4. Martin Coyner, son of Michael, of Clinton County, 
Indiana, married Susan Robinson; their issue: Ennis Mc, Frank- 
lin, Samuel, Albert G., Harriet Melisse, Phoebe F., John T., 
and William M., twins, (deceased). 



5. Ennis Mc. Coyner, son of Martin, is a merchant at 
Colfax, Indiana, married Sophia Elizabeth Smith; their issue: 
Leroy, Cecil, and Lyford George (deceased). 

5. Franklin B. Coynkr, son of Martin, married l-'rma 
Perr}''; their issue: Martin Glen. 

5. Samuel A. Coyner, son of Martin, is in Detroit, Mich- 
igan, unmarried. 

5. Dr. Albert G. Coyner, son of Martin, is a jjracticing 
physician, of Kendellsville, Indiana. 

5. Harriet M. Coyner, daughter of Martin, married Wil- 
liam Benefield; their issue: Owen M., Orma R., Albert, and Zorna. 
Frankford, Indiana. 

5. Phcebe F. Coyner, daughter of Martin is not married. 

4. DiLLARD Coyner, son of Michael, married Martha 
Fudge, of Ohio; their issue: two sons and three daughters. 
Riverside, Iowa. 

The name Dillard, wherever it occurs in the Koiner family, 
was probably designed to represent the maiden name of Margaret 
Keinadt, nee, Diller. The departure resulted from a loss of the 
true name. The. Diller should be restored, to vindicate the truth 
of history and preserve the connction with the maternal side, 
which is a very numerous and highly honored family, in 
Pennsylvania and other States. 

4. Jacob Coyner, son of Michael, was born January ]S, 
1820, near Xenia, Green County, Ohio, as reported from the His- 
tory of Clinton County, Indiana. The correctness of this is doubt- 
ted because the age of father and son, with four intervening names 
are too much crowded. Jacob married Hannah Little, a native 
of Hamilton County, Ohio, October 18, 1841 ; their issue: Wil- 
liam, John, Orlando, Morton, Joseph W., Phcebe F., Ktta, and 

5. William Coyner, son of Jacob, son of Michael, son of 
Jacob, senior, son of the Progenitor, was born in Clinton County, 
Indiana, (now of Montesano, Washington,) married December 31, 
1863, first Eliza Jane White; their issue: Ollie F.. born December 
29, 1865; Aminta, born June 28, 1868; William W.. born Octo- 
ber 11, 1874; all born in Clinton County, Indiana. His second 
wife was Mary E. Curry, of Cole County, Illinois, married Nov- 
ember 3, 1880; their issue: Elva Myrtle, born May 19, 1883; and 
Roscoe, born September 13, 1887. Douglass County, Illinois. 


5. John Coyner, son of Jacob, married Irene Boyd; issue: 
Gladis, Alta and Julia. Colfax, Indiana. 

5. Orlando Coyner, son of Jacob, married Eliza Truit ; 
issue : Grace. Colfax, Indiana. 

5. Morton Coyner, son ot Jacob, married Florence 
Harshman ; issue: Avis. Colfax, Ind. 

5. Joseph W. Coyner, son of Jacob, married Lucia H. 
Hotchkiss; no issue. Peoria, Illinois. 

5. Phcebe F. Coyner, daughter of Jacob, married Martin 
Coins; issue: Goldie. Manson, Ind. 

5. Etta and Melisse Coiner, daughters of Jacob, are 
unmarried, teaching school. Colfax, Ind. 

4. Mary Coyner, daughter of Michael, married Mr. Crull; 
issue : Mary, Martha, Jane, and Oliver. 

4. Elizabeth Coyner, daughter of Michael, married Ed. 
Loveless; issue : Anna, and Mella. 

5. Anna Loveless, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth, 
married George Abbott; issue : Zella and Bertha. Kansas. 

5. Mella Loveless, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth, 
married Mr. Zion ; issue: 3 daughters and 2 sons. Kansas City. 

4. Fannie Coyner, daughter of Michael, married Mr. 
Blacker. Jewell County, Kansas. 

4. Susanna Coyner, daughter of Michael, married Willis 
White; issue: Albert; John, and Phoebe. Boon County, Ind. 

5. Albert White, son of Willis and Susanna, married 
Nannie Bowman; issue : Minnie, Clarence and Lawrence. Thorn- 
town, Ind. 

5. John White, son of Willis and Susanna, married Jane 
Ferguson; issue : Willie, Walter, Nora, and George. 

5. Phgebe White, daughter of Willis and Susanna, mar- 
ried Butler Ferguson ; issue : Willis, and Anna. Thorntown, Ind. 

4. Melisse Coyner, daughter of Michael, is unmarried 
and lives in Chicago, 111. 

JACOB COYXKR. l.';:'. 

The George branch of Jacob. 

?>. Gp:orge Coynkr, son of Jacol), Sr., son lA' Michael 
Keinadt and Margaret, nee Diller, was born in Augusta County, 
Virginia, May IS, 1S()(), ten years before his father's removal to 
near Frankfort, Ross County, Ohio. He succeeded to the pater- 
nal home and there resided until his death, October .">, !S72, aged 
(K) years, 4 months, 17 days. Elizabeth, his wife, died Ai)ril 10. 
IS.")!, aged 47 years, 10 months, <» days. Both probably were 
buried near his parents, on the paternal farm. They had three 
sons : John and William who died, and Owen, who went West, it 
is said b}'^ some, to Cincinnati, but of whom we have no in- 

The John D. branch of Jacob. 

3. John D. Coiner, son of Jacob, the son of the progeni- 
tors of the American family, was born in Augusta County, Vir- 
ginia, in the year 1810, six years before his father Jacob's remov'al 
to Ross County, Ohio. After attaining the age of lili years in 
Ohio, in the j^ear 1832, he went to Indiana, the great forest State 
of the west, and settled in Montgomery County. We have not 
been advised of where he married, or of the maiden name of his 
wife, but there is abundant evidence that he and his wife Delilah 
have had a full share in developing their great State, and planting 
a large branch of the tamily. At the re-union of the family and 
unveiling of the Monument to the memory of the progenitors, 
John D. Coyner, 82 years of age, was present to participate in the 
proceedings and enjoy the festivities of the occasion. 

The children of John D., and Delilah Coyner are : L. D., 
Martin, William, Jacob, Jessie, Seymore. Delilah, David, Mary 
and Joseph. 

4. L,. D. Coyner, Esq., son of John D., attended the family 
re-union with his venerable father. He is a county official and 
useful man in his community. The issue of his wife Martha and 
himself are: George, Delilah, Violet, Charlotte, Stella and Wash- 
ington. It is regretted that complete family lists of this 
branch were not sent in for publication. 


The Mosa branch of Jacob. 

3. Rosa Coyner, daughter of Jacob, Sr., and Mary, nee 
Byers, was born and reared in Augusta County, Virginia. She 
married David Rinehart. January 1814; their issue are : Jacob 
Owen (deceased), John, David, Allen, Catherine (deceased), 
Rosanna, William, aud Houston. 

4. John Rinehart, son of David and Rosa, nee Coyner, 
lives in Denver, Colorado, and has 3 sons and 2 daughters. 

4. David Rinehart, son of David and Rosa, is a Minister, 
in Ross County, Ohio, and has 3 sons and 2 daughters. 

4. Allen Rinehart, son of David and Rosa, is a farmer. 
He served in the 86th Regiment of Indiana. Clinton County, Ind. 

4. Rosanna Rinehart, daughter of David and Rosa, mar- 
ried first, \Vm. Hollenback; issue: Horace and Florence. 

5. Horace Hollenback, son of William and Rosanna, is 
Principal of the school at Seattle, Washington. 

5. Florence Hollenback, daughter of William and Ro- 
sanna, married D. H. Young and lives in Indiana. 

Rosanna, after the death of Mr. Hollenback, married Maj. 
Irwin, 2nd Ohio Artillery. Clinton County, Ind. 

4. William Rinehart, son of David and Rosa, has held 
prominent positions in Seattle and the State of Washington. 
Major Wm. Rinehart went to that frontier country as early as 
1854, and served in the Indian wars. He married Maud Gains, 
daughter of Capt. Gains, of Oregon City; issue: William, Jr., 
Anna, and David, aged 12 years. 

5. William Rinehart, Jr., son of William, Senior, is a 
promising young lawyer, of Seattle, Washington. 

5. Anna Rinehart, daughter of Major William, married 
Mr. Chilbury, a merchant, of Seattle, Washington. 

These are grand children of Rosa, daughter of Jabob Coyner, 
son of Michael Keinadt and Margaret, nee Diller. 

4. Houston Rinehart, son of David and Rosa, nee Coy- 
ner, is a farmer. He served in the 72 Regiment of Indiana, and 
has four sons and one daughter. Boon County, Indiana. 


The Elizabeth branch of Jacob. 

3. Elizabeth Coyner, daughter of Jacob, the sou of Mich- 
ael Keinadt and Margaret, nee Diller, married Mr. Cocliran: their 
issue: Margaret, Rosanna, Mary Allen, and Stewart. 

4. Margaret Cochran, daughter of Klizaheth and Mr. 
Cochran, married Mr. Jones. Livingston, Illinois. 

4. Rosanna Cochran, daughter of Elizabeth, married Mr. 
Rittenhouse; their issue: twosonsand one daughter. Livingston, 

4. Mary Cochran, daughter of Elizabeth, married Mr. 
Parrott. Livingston, Illinois. 

4. Allen and Stewart Cochran, live in Decatur, Illinois. 
3. Margaret Coyner, daughter of Jacob, senior, married 
Mr. Counts, and had two sons. 

3. Mary Coyner, daughter of Jacob, senior, married Mr. 
Cameron, and emigrated to Iowa in 1854. They had six 


 3. Fannie Coyner, daughter of Jacob, senior, married Mr. 
Clark; their issue: two daughters and two sons, one son lives in 
Tacoma, Washington. The parents live in Ross County, Ohio. 
The residence of the other children is not known. 

3. Sarah Coyner, daughter of Jacob, senior, married Mr. 
Jenkins. The family is unknown to the writer.. 

3. Susanna Coyner, daughter of Jacob, senior, married Mr. 
Hewitt and died in Topeka, Kansas, leaving two sons and two 



Elcventh Grand Division — Cbristian. 

2. Chritsian Coyner, son of Michael Keinadt and Marga- 
ret, nee Diller, was born October 15, 1774, in Cumberland County, 
Pennsylvania. He was 16 years old when his father and family 
moved to Augusta County, Virginia, and settled near the South 
River, on the farm of 303 acres bought of Archibald Boiling, Oc- 
tober 21, 1790. Atthat period there was an abundance of wild game 
in the surrounding country and on the Blue Ridge ; also fish in 
the river very near. Christian was just at the age to become fond 
of fishing, hunting and the chase, which in his case was attended 
with their usual results ; — an absorption of the mind and of time. 
He was about 22 years old when his father died, and by the will, 
was left in charge of his aged mother and two younger brothers. 
The homestead was devised to him, with certain domestic charges 
and payments, to be made to other members of the family ; 
which was a burden unequal to his 3'outh, and application to 
business. He, However, in the year 182.5, built the substan 
tial brick house which still constitutes the farm mansion. 
He was a stout and healthy man, in physiognomy he res- 
embled his brothers Casper and Philip ; with a full and open 
countenance, ready to communicate and fond of jokes and mirth. 
He reared a large family at the homestead, some of whom were 
there married. He sold the paternal farm to John, a son of Cas- 
per, which is now owned by Casper Benton, son ot John. In 
the year 1846, Christian Coyner with a portion of his family, 
and Captain Clinton G. Miller, emigrated to Lewis County, West 
Virginia, bought a good farm and settled in the immediate vicinity 
of what afterwards became Buchanan, and the County seat of the 
new County of Upshur. He married Jane Ervin of Augusta 
County, Virginia, born 1784, the daughter of Jacob and wife, nee 
Sillins, who luoved to Kentucky. She died March 4, 1846, and 
was buried in the Monumental cemetery. Christian died Novem- 
ber 25, 1857, aged S3 years, 1 month, 10 days, and wsis buried 
near Buchanan, West Virginia, on his farm. Their children were: 
Joseph, Nancy E., Jacob, Margaret, Catherine, Elizabeth, Anna, 
Michael, Robert, David E., Mary B., and Jane L- 


The Joseph branch of Christian. 

3. Joseph Coynkr, the son of Christi:in, was horn May 2."), 
]S0;>, in Augusta County, Virj^inia. He opened a yard on a part 
of the paternal farm and conducted tlie tanning !)usiness, which 
he had learned at his uncle Slagle's. He married first, Mary 
Kennedy; their issue : Livingston, and Christian, who perished 
in the civil war; and Peter S., who is at Los Alamo, Santa Bar 
bara County, California. 

Joseph's second wife was Arcena Taylor, of Louis County, 
West Virginia; issue: Marshall (dead), and Dona. Jo.seph Coy- 
nerdied, December 28, 1888, in Lewis County, West X'irginia. 

The Nancy E. branch of Christian. 

8. Nancy E. Coyner, daughter of Christian, was born 
January 17, 1805. She was handsome and of a fine personel and 
pleasant. She married Capt. Clinton G. Miller, a merchant, at 
Koiner's Store and afterwards at Buchanan. West Va. He was 
of pleasant manners and popular ; held positions of honor and 
trust in Virginia, and in West Virginia. He w^as chiefly in- 
strumental in securing the new county of Upshur, and of prosper- 
ing the town of Buchanan. They had one daughter, Columbia, 
who was born at Koiner's Store; and at Buchanan married Joseph 
Rapp, Esq. Nancy Miller, nee Coiner, died at Buchanan Janua- 
ry 12, 1852. Capt. Miller, an octogenarian, lives yet at Clarks- 
burg, West Virginia. 

3. Jacob Coyner, son of Christian, born June 1, 1s<m;, was 
accidentally killed while working at a hose. May 15, 1817. 

8. Margaret Coyner, daughter of Christian, was born 
October 2, 1808; married Samuel Leonard, in Augusta County, 
Virginia. They went to Lewis County, West Virginia, and there 
she died April 2, 1875, and he also died there. No issue. 

The Catherine branch of Christian. 

8. Catherine Coyner, daughter of Christian, born June 
1811, married David Yount, a good citizen and a farmer. Their 
children are: Bettie Jane, Maggie Virginia, Nancy Mary, Ru- 

18 fci 


dolph Christian (dead), Ignatius Wayne, Catherine Ann, Joseph 
Bowman, and David Erwin. Koiner's Store, Virginia. 

4. Bettie J. YouNT, daughter of David and Catherine, 
married William D. Stiegle; issue: one child. Father and child 
are dead. 

4. Nancy M. Yount, daughter of David and Catherine, 
married Jacob H. Leonard; issue: 5 children. Koiner's Store, 

4. Ignatius W. Yount, son of David and Catherine, mar- 
ried Virginia Stiegle. Koiner's Store, Virginia. 

4. David E. Yount, son of David and Catherine, married 
Sallie Barger, and have five childen. Koiner's Store, Virginia. 

3. Elizabeth Coyner, daughter of Christian, was born 
December, 1812; resides with her sister, Mrs. Jane L. Fought. 

3. Annie Coyner, daughter of Christian, was born July 7, 
1814; died March, 1852. 

Xhe IVIiclnael branch of C'nristian. 

3. Michael Coyner, son of Christian, was born February 
16, 1815, married Sallie Kennedy; issue: William C, John, Clin- 
ton, Catherine, Rebecca, Nettie and Lizzie. 

4. William C. Coyner, son of Michael and Sallie, lives 
at Hermitage, Augusta County, Virginia. 

4. John, and Clinton Coyner, sons of Michael and Sallie, 
live 60 miles east of Chicago, 111. 

4. Catherine Coyner, daughter of Michael and Sallie, 
married a Mr. Wanger. 

4. Rebecca Coyner, daughter of Michael and Sallie, mar- 
ried a Mr. Kennedy. 

4. Nettie Coyner, daughter of Michael and Sallie, mar- 
ried Mr. Kennedy. 

4. Lizzie Coyner, daughter of Michael and Sallie, married 
George Garber. She is now dead. 

The Robert branch of Christian. 

3. Robert Coyner, son of Christian, was born January 
16, 1817; married Elizabeth Coyner, December 28, 1841, the 
daughter of John Coyner, son of Martin, son of Michael Keinadt 

' ClIKISTIAX C(;k. 1".'.i 

and Margaret, Diller. She was horn in ISl'.'I; llair children : 
S. Fulton, Christian Addison. Louis Philip, James R., Charles 
C, Joseph M., Sarah J., and Mollie ]). 

4. Dr. S. F. Coynkk, son of Robert and Ivli/abeth, was born 
February 2, J.S4.'}; died November !.'>, 1SS7, of paralysis. He 
w^as talented, and pleasant in his address, with a comely persoti. 
He graduated in Medicine at Washington University, Haltimore, 
Maryland, February 22, l.S(;9. He married Virginia Hull, of 
Baltimore, June 16, 18(!J). Their issue: Lydia Krvine. born Feb- 
ruary 18, 1874, died February 9, 1877, of scarlet fever; and h/lith, 
who with her widowed mother live with the family of her uncle, 
the Rev. J. I. Miller, D. D., of Luray, Virginia. Dr. S. Fulton 
Coyner had early, a large and lucrative practice in Baltimore. 

4. Christian A. Coyner, son of Robert, was born August 
25, 1845; died June 15, 1847. 

4. Dr. Louis P. Coyner, son of Robert, son of Christian, 
son of Michael Keinadt and Margaret, nee Diller, was born April 
24, 1848. "He is a live man," self-made, full of pluck and ener- 
gy; has a full practice, and farms to engage his vigorous mind 
and body. He is entitled to the priority of suggesting a Reunion 
of the Koiner family and erecting a monument to the memory 
of the ancestors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of 
the Koiner Memorial Association. He located at Spring Creek. 
Rockingham County, Virginia, March 22, 1875, and married Miss 
Kate M. Graham, December 25, J87(; ; their issue : Robert Gra- 
ham, Lewis Philip, Charles Rosbro, Sarah Elizabeth, Lyda W., 
and Kittle Kuran. Spring Creek, Rockingham County, Virginia. 

4. Sarah J. Coyner, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth, 
was born May 10, 1850; died Aprd 8, 1852. 

4. James R. Coyner, son of Robert and Elizabeth, was 
born September 2, 18&2; died November 25, 18()2. 

4. Charles C. Coyner, son of Robert and Elizabeth, was 
born September 2, 1856; died December 15, 1872. 

4. Joseph M. Coyner, son of Robert and P^lizabeth, was 
born September 22, 1860; married Mary Hesserner, of Dayton, 
Ohio; issue: Grover Cleveland, aged 6 years; Forest. 4 years; 
Mary, 2 years. New Lebannon, Montgomery County, Ohio. 

4. Mollie B. Coyner, daughter of Robert and p:iizabeth, 
was born April 8, 1863; married Adam Croushorn, August, 1801; 
issue : Kittv May, born 1892. 


The David E. branch of Christian. 

3. David E. Coyner, son of Christian, was born June 6, 
1818, near Koiner's Store, Augusta County, Virginia. In 1841 
he married Maria F. Long, daughter of Adam, near Mt. Sidney; 
issue: Margaret, who died June 1847, aged 4 years; Algernon, 
Fannie E., and David F. P. 

4. Algernon Coyner, son of David, married and had 
children: Errie Christian, Russel David, and Henry Augustus. 

David E. Coyner emigrated with his father and family to 
West Virginia, in 1846, where he remained until the year 1867. 
He removed to Tennessee where he died, April 11, 1872, aged 53 
years, 7 months and 5 days, and was buried in Warren County, 
and his grave marked with a handsome monument by his affection- 
ate family. In the year 1873, the widow and children returned 
to Buchanan, West Virginia, where she died, March 21, 1890, 
aged 67 years Her grave was marked with a suitable monument 
by her orphan children, who continue to reside and transact 
business together at Buchanan, Upshur County, West Virginia. 

3. Mary B. Coyner, daughter of Christian, was born May 
31, 1822; died February 20, 1852. She married Alfred Wood; 
issue: Joseph. Henry, and Mary. Buchanan, West Virginia. 

3. Jane L. Coyner, daughter of Christian, was born Jan- 
uary 16, 1825, and married Adam Fought, about the year 1855; 
their issue are : John, and Maggie; both married, and all the 
family living at Buchanan, Upshur County, West Virginia. 

Jane L. Fought, nee Coyner, has been the heir to, and custo- 
dian of her Grand Father Michael Keinadt'SrGerman Family Bible 
which is dated September 4, 1717, Berlin. It is 4 inches thick 
and 6 X 9 in width and length, well bound in leather, with clasp 
fastenings peculiar to the times. It indicates much use, but is in 
a creditable condition of preservation. This sacred Record, to 
the Progenitors has been their counsellor and guide, in life and 
death. It has been committed, by this faithful grand daughter, 
to the keeping of Absalom Koiner, a great grand son of the Pro- 
genitors, and President of the Michael Koiner Memorial Associa- 
tion, who has renewed their family Record, for preservation. 

Pin r, II' coiMHR. 1 II 

Twelfth Grand Division -Philip 

2. Philip, the twelfth child of xMichael Keiiiadt and Mar- 
garet, nee Diller, was born in Cumberland Contity, Pennsylvania, 
January 21 , 1 777; died September 22, JS-llt; aged 72years *.> months. 
In his thirteenth year he came with his father on his removal to 
Augusta County, Virginia. His father died when Philip was in 
his twentieth year, being too young to take charge of the home- 
stead and family; that duty by the will of his father, was devolved 
on Christian, the next older brother. Philip was of fare complex- 
ion, bland countenance, tall, of commanding presence and very 
stout. He was fond of company and pleasantrj', hospitable and 
kind. He was an Ensign in Captain Alexander Givens' Company, 
Colonel McDowell's Regiment, in the war of 1812, with luigland. 
He was a prosperous farmer, and married first, Catherine Faber, 
daughter of Valentine Faber. His second wife was Mrs Cath- 
erine Miller, of Rockinghan County, Virginia, who possessed 
extraordinary vocal power in singing. By her former husband she 
had three clever daughters who have attained, at this writing 
(1892), the remarkable ages of 82, 80 and 79 years respectively, 
as follows: Mary, the widow of Benjamin Coiner, the age of 82 
years; Susan, the widow of Colonel S. D. Coyner aged 80 years, 
and Margaret, the wife of the venerable Simon Coiner, the age of 
79 years. By the second marriage, Philip had no children. 

By the first wife there were the following: Philip, Virginia, 
Solomon, Catherine, Elizabeth, Joseph, Annie, John, David, 
and Mary. 

The German family Bible of Philip Coiner, senior, contains 
the record not only of the births of his children, but states by 
whom each was baptised, which presents, probably the most au- 
thentic evidence of the times and order of service of the sev- 
eral Pastors of the old church, at that early period, and hence 
the names of the pastors are here stated to save the history of the 


The Philip, Jr., branch of Philip, Sr. 

3. Philip Coiner, Jr., son of Philip and Catherine, nee 
Faber, was born April 28, 1797, and baptised, at Keinadt's church 
by pastor E. G. Neimon. 

He resided in Virginia until he became old, when he went to 
Illinois, whither a portion of his family had gone, and there he 
died. In Virginia he had married Mary Whitmer; where she 
died; their issue were: Henry, Andrew, Mary, Hiram, John, 
Rosa, Elizabeth (deceased), and Jane. 

4. Henry Coiner, son of Philip, Jr., was born in Augusta 
County, Virginia, married Mary Smith, with issue: Demetrius, 
and Jane Ann, and moved to Newport, Barton County, Missouri. 

5. Demetrius Coiner, son of Henry, lives at Golden City, 
Barton County, Missouri. 

5. Jane A. Coiner, daughter of Henry, married J. Dun- 
kin. Newport, Missouri. 

4. Andrew Coiner, son of Philip, Jr., was born near She- 
rando, Virginia; m.arried Estaline Smith, daughter of William 
Smith; their issue: Dorsy, William, Philip, Elmer, Margaret, and 
Sarah. The family moved to Golden City, Missouri, except 
Elmer who is at Kansas City. 

5. Margaret Coyner, daughter of Andrew and Estaline, 
married John Kisler. Golden City, Missouri. 

4. Hiram Coiner, son of Philip, Jr., married Julia Balsley, 
daughter of Jacob; they have issue. Golden City, Missouri. 

4. John Coyner, son of Philip, Jr., is perhaps in West 

4. Jane Coyner, daughter of Philip, Jr., married Hiram 
Faber. West Virginia. 

4. Rosa Coyner, daughter of Philip, Jr., married John 
Balsley. Sherando, Virginia. 

4. Mary Coiner, daughter of Philip, Jr., married George 
Hitowar. Newton County, Missouri. 

The Virginia branch of Philip, Sr. 

3. Virginia Coiner, daughter of Philip, was born Feb- 
ruary 17, 1801, and was baptised by Pastor Folz, at the family 
church. She married Peter Engleman; their issue: John B., 
Harriet, Sarah Frances, Mary, Rebecca, Margaret, Emma, and 

iMiii.ip coini-:r. 1 1*. 

4. John B. Englkman, son of reter, was Ixjrn in X'irKinia. 
married Elizabeth Coiner, dauj^hter of Michael, son of Casi>er, 
emigrated to Saline County, Missouri, and tlicnce to Texas. 
Here they greatly prospered; but Elizabeth died; their issue: 
Margaret, who married Newton Deal , of Saline County. Missouri. 

4. Harriet Engleman, daughter of Peter, married Kin- 
ne)?^ Stribling, of Staunton, Virginia. 

4. Sarah Engleman, daughter of Peter, married Rev. 
Christian Beard, a Lutheran Minister. They had no issue, but 
did much good for the church in services and donating. Rev. 
Beard died and was burietl, at Mt. Ta])or Church, where his 
family were buried. Mrs. Beard lives near Waynesboro, \'a. 

4. Frances Engleman, daughter of Peter, married John 
Riley, near Staunton, Va. 

4. Mary Engleman, daughter of Peter, married Franklin 
Strouse, now deceased. She married second, Mr. Salyers, of 
Jefferson ville, Montgomery County, West Virginia. 

4. Rebecca Engleman, daiighter of Peter, married Addison 
Harnesberger, now deceased; their issue: Audley, and Willie, 
successful merchants of Staunton, \'a. 

4. Margaret Engleman. daughter of Peter, is not mar- 
ried, but profitably and pleasantly situated in Staunton, Va. 

4. Emma Engleman, daughter of Peter, married Captain 
E. A. Fulcher, a clever Confederate officer; Supervisor of his 
District, and President of the Board of Supervisors of Augusta 
County; their issue: Charles, Annie, a talanted artist; Janie, 
Minnie, Edwin, Katie, and Willie. Augusta County, Va. 

5. Janie Pulcher, daughter of E. A. Fulcher, married 
Mr. L. J. Whitehead. Bay View, Va. 

Xhc Solomon branch of Philip. Sr. 

o. Colonel Solomon D. Coiner, son of Philip, born 
January, 20, 1805, baptised by Pastor Folz. at the family Church, 
was a man of activity and great energy. He married Susan 
Miller, a lady of industry, patience and motherly-kindness. They 
were successful in business, and reared an intelligent and pros- 
perous family. With liberality they educated their children, who 
possessed minds to receive instruction with much profit; their 
i.ssue: Joseph Smith, Virginia C, Sarah A., Cyrus Benton, and 
Hannah R. 


4. Joseph S. Coiner, son of Colonel Solomon D., was a 
brave officer in the 52nd Regiment of Virginia Infantry. In the 
battle of Spottsylvania Court House, May 12, 1864, he daringly 
exposed himself on the works and was killed. He had married 
Sarah Beard, of Columbia, South Carolina ; their issue are : 
Thomas Beggs, and Josie. 

5. Thomas B. Coiner, son of Joseph S., married Anna 
Antrim, daughter of Thomas H. Antrim, Esq., of Waynesboro, 
Virginia; issue: Georgia. It was this grand-daughter of the 
Sixth Generation, who unveiled the monument erected in mem- 
ory of her great ancestors, Michael Keinadt and Margaret, nee 

5. JosiE Coiner, daughter of Joseph S., was well educated 
in music as well as academics, at the Augusta Female Seminary, 
at Staunton, by her grand-mother Comer. She married first, Mr. 
Myers; issue: a son. Second, Mr. Lyons. 

4. Virginia C. Coiner, daughter of Colonel Solomon D., 
possessed of fine natural endowments for music and literature, 
was well educated at the Virginia Female Institute at Staunton, 
Virginia. She has rendered much aid in advancing the educa- 
tion of the young. She married James W. Hamilton, a good 
soldier who was killed in the second battle of Manassa, August 
29, 1862. He was buried in Tinkling Springs cemetery, Augusta 
County, Virginia. His parents were John and Barbara Hamilton. 

Virginia C, and James W. Hamilton had one son, John H. 
He enjoyed good physical and mental developments and on his 
education was lavished the wealth and affections of his accom- 
plished mother. He is a distinguished graduate of Washington 
and Lee University; was awarded "President's Scholarship," 
1877, the highest honor of the Institution. He took the degree 
of A. B. in 1878. In 1879, was awarded "University Prize for 
Oratory," and took the degree of B. S. He finished in 1880, 
with "Cincinnati Oration and Santini Prize Medal," — the degree 
of C. E. and M. A. — the Master's Degree. He was five years 
at Washington and Lee University. Subsequently he took one 
year in the Law School, at the University of Virginia; also Law 
at Columbia College, New York, and commenced practice of Law 
in that city. Later, he was President of the K. & R. R. R. Ken- 
ney, Nebraska. More recently he has accepted a position in 
New York. 


IMIII.Il' COINKK. 1 1"> 

4. Sarah A. Koinp:r, dauj^hter of Colonel Soloinun D.. 
was liberally educated at the Vir^nnia Feniak- Institute, ami mar 
ried M. Andrew McConib, son of William, the son of James. lit- 
was an efficient officer in Company H., r)th Regiment, Stonewall 
Brigade; their issue : William (now in Texas), Clara B., Charles 
A. (deceased), S. Edmonia, Nettie Miller, Mary Alma, Joseph 
and Franklin. Fishersville, Virginia. 

4. Captain C. Benton, son of Colonel Solomon I)., born 
January 30, 1842, was a youth at the Virginia Military Institute 
when the war broke out. He soon found his way into the milita- 
ry service as Drill Sergeant; afterward a Lieutenant, and promoted 
to Captaincy in the 52nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry. He com- 
manded the Corps of Sharp Shooters of General Pegram's Brigade. 
He was in all the battles in which his Brigade was engaged until 
May 18, 1864, when he was severely wounded in the face. He 
was also wounded at another time. He was a loyal and enthu- 
.siastic veteran soldier. Captain Coiner is an intelligent student 
of public questions and an active participant in their decision. 
He is influential in his county, though not an office-seeker; yet 
has been requited by appointment to honorable positions of public 
trust. He is a member of "the Koiner Memorial Directory." 
He married Bettie Miller, daughter of Solomon; their issue : De- 
Lacy, Everett, and Clayburn. His second wife was Alice Wat- 
son, daughter of Dr. J. M. Watson. His third wife, Cornelia 
Smith, daughter of James Smith, by neither of whom was there 
any issue. The fourth wife is Maria Carrington Dabney, a well 
educated lady of a prominent Virginia family; their issue : an 
infant, deceased. He is a good farmer, and has demonstrated that 
sheepraising can be made profitable, on good land, in the county 
of Augusta. Fishersville, Virginia. 

4. Hannah R. Coiner, daughter of Colonel Solomon D., 
was well educated at the Augusta Female Seminary, at Staunton; 
was instructed in business by her good mother, is intelligent and 
energetic in rearing her interesting family; she married George 
K. Koiner. See the Sixth Grand Division. 

19 a 


The Catherine branch of Philip, Sr. 

8. Catherine Coiner, daughter of Philip, was born 
March 31, 1807; baptised by Rev. Folz; and died in 1858. She 
had married Joseph S. Rupert, the first merchant at Fishers ville, 
Virginia. He was born in 180-3 ; their issue : Silon Philip, Elon 
Henry, Gerrard (deceased), John Hanger, Mary Selina, and Jane 
Ann. The entire family moved to Illinois. Henry has returned 
to Staunton, Virginia. 

The Elizabeth branch of F»hil!p, Sr. 

3. Elizabeth Coiner, daughter of Philip, was born May 
20, 1809, baptised by Rev. Folz, at the old church, of record. 
She married Captain John H. Ast, a sprightly business man of 
Staunton, formerly from one of the German Kingdoms. After 
being long and prominently connected with the local business of 
Staunton, he died and was buried there; their children : William 
F., Joseph P., Mary Ann, Virginia, Elizabeth, John H., Harriet 
and Permelia; the latter three are dead. 

4. William F. Ast, son of Captain J. H. and Elizabeth, 
nee Coiner, married Rosa Lambert, of Baltimore, Maryland; their 
issue: Emma L., Byron (deceased), Lillian, Florence, Rosalba 
(deceased), Wiliam H., Frank R., and Mary Kimbell (deceased). 
William F., and his brother Joseph P. Ast, were, for a long while, 
active and successful business men in Staunton, Virginia. Wil- 
liam F., is now a prosperous farmer. Staunton, Va. 

5. Emma L. Ast, daughter of William F. and Rosa, mar- 
ried S. P. Brockway, son of Rev. Wm. Brockway, of Albion, 
Michigan. Staunton, Va. 

5. Lillian Ast, daughter of William F., and Rosa, mar- 
ried Henry R. Putney, son of Dr. Putney, of Charleston, West 
Virginia: issue: Rosa. They reside at Charleston, W. Va. 

4. Joseph P. Ast, son of Captain J. H., and Elizabeth, 
married Julia Foster, of Nelson County, Virginia; issue: Estel, 
Ina, Hamer, and Joseph. Staunton, Va. Joseph P. Ast died 
November 20, 1883, 

4. Mary Ann Ast, daughter of Capt. John H., married 
William Blackburn, a cleaver business man of Staunton; their 
issue: Mary Elizabeth, John, Alice, Thomas, Albert, Joseph, 
Catherine, and Ella. 

I'lIIl.Il' COINICK. 147 

5. Mary E. ("Bktty") Blackburn, daughter of Willinni, 
married Dr. H. S. Hogsett, V. S.; issue: Nattalie. 

5. John H. Blackburn, son of William, married Nellie 
Pollock; issue: Bessie, Emma, William, and Henrietta Marcus. 

5. Alice Blackburn, daughter of William, married Reeves 
Catt, a man of business activity and intelligence. Their issue : 
Mary. Staunton, Va. 

5. Thom.\s R. Blackburn, son of William, married Cora 
Snapp; issue : Fay N., May P., Charles L-, and Thomas R., Jr. 
Staunton, Va. 

5. A. B. Blackburn, son of William, married Emma 
Coiner, daughter of George A.; issue : one daught»T. 

5. Joseph Blackburn, son of William, married Annie 
Scherer; issue: Marie and Joseph. Staunton, Va. 

5. Ella Blackburn, daughter of William, married S. K. 
Davis, a successful merchant of Staunton, Va. 

4. Virginia C. Ast, daughter of Capt. John H., married 
Robert Stratton, an industrious and good citizen; issue: James 
E., Robert L., and Fannie M. Staunton, Va. 

5. James E. Stratton, son of Robert and Virginia C, 
married Annie Deal; issue : Elmer, residence Texas. 

5. Robert E. Str.atton, son of Robert and Virginia C, 
married Mary W. Powell, daughter of P. N. Powell; issue : May, 
Powell G., Charles L-, and Jannie. Robert L. is a successful 
wholesale merchant of Staunton, Va. 

3. Joseph Coiner, son of Philip, the son of the Progeni- 
tors, was born July 10, 1811, in Augusta County, Va., and was 
baptised by Rev. G. H. Reimensnyder, at the old church. While a 
student at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he formed the acquaintance 
of Margaret Kyner, daughter of George, of the Conrad Division, 
ot Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and married her. After some 
years residence in Virginia, they moved to, and died at Jacksons- 
ville, Illinois; their issue : John, David, Mary, and Martha. 

3. Annie Coiner, daughter of Philip, was born 1814, and 
married Archibald S. Coiner, of the First Grand Division (George 
Adam), already reported. 


The John branch of Philip, Sr. 

3. John H. Coiner, son of Philip, born Dec. 16, 1815, was 
baptised by Rev. G. H. Reimensnyder. He has an extensive family 
acquaintance, acquired by his many removals, and has furnished 
much information in aid of this work. He married [Charlotte 
Strouse, daughter of Peter; all of the County of Augusta, Vir- 
ginia, where they commenced their career, before their removal 
and settlement at Coleburg, Henry County, Missouri; their issue: 
A^irginia Ruth, Clara Ann, Louis Wellington, Mary Catherine. 

4. Virginia R. Coiner, daughter of John H., married Dr. 
Luther Orear; issue: Earl Hogan, Valley Bascom, and Fannie. 
Butler, Bates County, Mo. 

4. Lewis W. Coiner, son of John H., married Willie 
Blair; issue : Luther Demetrius, and Lillian Ruth. 

^b,© ©avid branch, of Plillijr,, Sjf, 

3. Col. David W. Coiner, son of Philip, was born Dec- 
ember 25, 1817,' and was baptised by Rev. G. H. Reimensnyder. 
He had been Lieutenant Colonel of Militia and was a Lieutenant 
in the 52 Regiment of Virginia Infantry, in the Confederate war. 
He was affable and acceptable to his community, and served his 
district as Magistrate for a long time. He married Mary C. 
Coursey, daughter of Thomas; issue DeWitt, and Mary Catherine. 

4. DeWitt Coiner, son of Colonel David W., married 
Bessie M. Curtis, an excellent lady, of New York; their issue: 
Mary Curtis. 

4. Mary C. Coiner, daughter of David W., married John 
M. Coiner, son of Franklin of the Michael Branch of Casper, and 
is there reported. In addition to the issue there recorded should 
be added the name of Hugh Morrison. 

Ttt© Mary Bid. fesaacto af Fteilip* Sr. 

3. Mary M. Coiner, daughter of Philip, Sr., was born 
October 25, 1820; baptised by Rev. G. H. Reimensnyder, and 
recorded at the family church . She married Paul N. Rupert, a 
merchant and lawyer who built the first brickhouse at Fishersville, 
Virginia. They moved early to Illiniois, thence to Golden City, 
Barton County, Missouri; their issue: John H., David, Josephine, 
Hattie, and Susan. 



See pages 33 and 34 tor the antecedents of Daniel, Andrew, 

Kate, Maria, and Elizabeth Kyner. 

That portion of the fapily of John Kyner, son ot John, who 
were reported late: 

5. Daniel Kyner, the son of John, of the fourth genera- 
tion married Jane Whilmien Wachter; their issue: William, died 
when two years old; Frank Marion, and Cordelia Elizabeth. 

(i. Frank M. Kyner, son of Daniel, married Myra Hurley; 
their issue: Ethel Dell. 

C. Cordelia E. Kyner, daughter of Daniel, married H. 
T. Rocky, of Lancaster, Ohio; their issue: Nellie Maud, died 
1889, and Guy Marion. 

5. Andrew" Kyner, son of John the second, was married; 
issue: Viola, Eva, Charles, and one unknown. Auburn, DeCalb 
County Indiana. 

5. Kate Kyner, daughter of John the second, married Mr. 
Monroe; issue: Bina, Elizabeth, the third daughter married but the 
name is not known; two sons, their names believed to be Henry, 
and William. 

5. Maria Koiner, daughter of John the second, married 
Adam Erehart; their issue: Jennie. May, Bertha, and Elizabeth. 

6. Jennie Erehart, daughter of Maria and Adam, mar- 
ried and has issue. 

6. Elizabeth Erehart, daughter of Maria and Adam, 
married Mr. William Pebble; issue: one child. 


Supplement to the John branch of Catherine Slagle> 

[See page 96.] 

3. John Slagle, the son of George and Catherine, married 
Miss Lafevre; their issue : George West; Jane; Uriah, Allegam, 
Rice County, Kansas; David, Xenia, Green County, Ohio; Mar- 
garet B., Bridgefield, Indiana; and Levy, of Ohio. 

4. George W. Slagle, son of John, married Martha 
Long; issue: Leander, Peter Long, Margaret L-, Martha J., 
Mary Whery, George B., William W., and Emma J. Churubus- 
co, Whitley County, Indiana. 

5. Leander Slagle, son of George W. and Martha, lives 
at Churubusco, Whitley County, Indiana. 

5. Peter L. Slagle, son of George W. and Martha, mar- 
ried Sarah J. Crabb. Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa. 

5. Margaret L. Slagle, daughter of George W. and 
Martha, married a Mr. Heffelfinger. Churubusco, Whitley Coun- 
ty, Indiana. 

5. Martha J. Slagle, daughter of George W. and Martha, 
married a Mr. Hoxie. Algona, Kossuth County, Indiana. 

5. Mary W. Slagle, daughter of George W. and Martha, 
is a physician, and lives at Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 

5. George B. Slagle, son of George W. and Martha, 
lives at Churubusco, Indiana. 

5. William W. Slagle, son of George W. and Martha, 
lives at Churubusco, Indiana. 

5. Emma J. Slagle, daughter of George W. and Martha, 
married a Mr. Geerken. Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

4. Jane Slagle, daughter of John, married a Mr. Smith, 
he is now dead. Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 



A private letter received by Michael Kciiiadl from his kins- 
men in Winterlingen. Translated from the German b,v Rev. J. 
S. Koiner. 


Dearly and much Beloved Brother, 

Michael Kcinadt : 

Since we, on the fifth of April, 1 7<){), receiv- 
ed a communication from you, and learned from it that you 
have become a prosperous man in this world and possess much 
wealth, at which we all heartily rejoiced, and do from our hearts 
desire to be with you too — but we think that we shall never again 
meet in this world, we will still take occasion and as you desire 
write you also in return how it is and fares with us always. 

And first we shall tell what relates to our aged Father. He 
is still living, so long as God wills it. But he is a very old man; 
he is really the oldest person in our place. He has lived to see, 
counting in your eight, 57 grand-children, and 24 great-grand- 
children. And his age is about 87 years, and he can still get 
about as he did many years ago. As regards his livelihood, he 
has in his advanced age never suffered want; but it is our duty 
and obligation to support him as well as we can. and we shall do 
it too as long as he lives. And since you give him that which is 
yours, he is, as we are also, obliged to thank you, and we from 
the heart return praise and thanks to you, and wish that God may 
for the future send his rich blessing upon you and yours, and 
wish that it may be well with you and yours here in time, but also 
above all in eternity. 

Further we write concerning the Schmidt boy, whom you 
mentioned in your letter. He was not sister Margaret's l)oy, 
neither any of our kin, nor from our region. In many years, too 
no one has moved away. We think that if one might wish to move 
away, he would not venture to make it known: but one is answer- 
ed, "Stay in the country and make a support honestly." 


Further, you desire also to know how matters are in our part 
of the country. Of this not much is to be said, because it is too 
tedious to relate. Still we will say that for several years now it 
it has been w^ell with us. We have generous peace, thanks be to 
God, and besides years of plentiful crops; but yet along with 
these, hard times for the poor and middle-class people. Since it 
is a time of so high prices with us, when one wishes a Simry of 
grain, he must at the present time have 30 kreuzers, and for what- 
ever one wishes to buy he has to pay a high price. 

You may wonder why everything should be dear since it has 
been said we are having fruitful years. The cause is this : the 
population is increasing very much, and the estates are growing 
smaller. Upon an estate which fifty years ago a father possessed 
entire, there the children now have it. One has four to five, 
another six to seven children upon one estate, as also we six chil- 
dren indeed are on the estate our father has owned, and must try 
to obtain our piece of coarse bread on it. Also we are all in those 
two stations in life — the poor and the middle-class — ^just where 
bodily need soonest reaches men. For want often effects many 
in our region, even in our community, in our neighborhood. For 
there are many poor who have to earn and purchase their liveli- 
hood with great difficulty, and still pay right well for everything. 
However, it is still good that one can still have everj'^thing he 
may desire. We will then still thank and give praise to Him 
who rules all things for all that He daily doesfor us, since He yet 
daily opens His hand in favor and fills all to satisfaction, and has 
compassion on everything that lives upon the whole earth. 

Further we will add what happened to Casper and some of 
his comrades, owing to their going the forest. About eight years 
ago, the Prince of Hechingen made complaint to the Prince and 
Duke of our land that they entered his forest so often and were 
doing him much damage. And since there was war at that time, 
and our Duke was about to take the field, he took Casper away 
from wife and children, and also some of his comrades : George 
Bart, who sends you his fine compliments, also Hss. George Flad 
Schmidt, and John Mantewauger, and Philip Raster Zimmermann, 
also Ludwig Mattes Schmidt, who made your acquaintance in 
Wesel. These six men had at that time to leave wife and children 
and were placed amongst the Duke's body of huntsmen as rifle- 
men, and with some thousands of men had to take the field and 


go out of our country into the Saxon Territory and into the Prus- 
sian, and they were about ir>() leagues distance from us, and spent 
so many days of their life there. Finally, they little by little came 
fortunateljOiome again. After all, if it had not been for home- 
sickness, they would have had for the most i)art pleasant days. 

Further we know of nothing more that is necessary to write, 
except that you are heartily greeted by us all, and we wish that 
these few lines may find you all well. And if our desire is to be 
realized, write to us likewise again by good opportunity how you 
continue to get along. And since Martin Keinadt and his son-in- 
law, John Bitzer, are wondering whether you do not know some- 
thing about Gottlieble, if you know anything of him, tell him 
that his wife died a year ago. And when you write to us, report 
to us for Gottlieble how it is with him, because his people are 
wondering: also about Jacob Ringwald, since his friends, too 
wonder that you do not write even of every one who is in your 

Further we know of nothing but that we ever remain. 
Your most faithful friends. 

Sinabune, Oestmettingen , 1 
April 16th, 17(19. | 

That this is true, the subscribers testify, 

CASP ER KEINADT , Conrad Keinadt, 

The name of him who wrote this is") Martin Keinadt, 

young George Bossch, 
theson of Anna Maria. ) Johannes Ringwald. 



A private letter on the Genealogy of the Koiner origin, by 
Dr. A. Z. Koiner, Phj^sician and Surgeon. 

"Roanoke, Va., February 18th, 1893. 
Maj. Absalom Koiner, 

Dear Uncle : — My report of the European branch of the 
family record — so far as I was able to get it, — has been consider- 
ably delayed. 

According to my notes, taken in Winterlingen, I found that 
the families Kainath, lived in Winterlingen and Ebingen. That 
they vi'ere honest, brave, and industrious people, highly esteemed 
by their neighbors. — That gun making and locksmithing was the 
prevailing occupation of the older members of the family. From 
the records which the Pastor of the State Church exhibited, I 
learned that on January 27th, 1720, Michael Kainath, was born 
in Winterlingen — Wurtemburg. He was baptised sooner than is 
the custom there. Several years later another child was born who 
was named Michael. I could not trace this one. Johanes Kain- 
ath was born February 2nd, 1714, and was a brother of Michael. 
Jacob Kainath was born 28th of August, 1709, and died 15th 
September, 1772 ; he was the oldest brother. 

The father's name was Jacob, and the mother's Annie Marie; 
married 1708. The family tree stands as follows : 

Michael Kainath, 
Born 1650, Died 

Jacob Kainath, 
Married to Anna Maria, Nov. 7th, 1708. 

Jacob Kainath, Johanes, Michael, 

Born Aug. 28, 1709, Born Feb. 2, 1714, Born Jan. 29, 1720. 
Died Sept. 15, 1772. Died Aug. 18, 1781. 

If this last is the one who emigrated to America, then we 
have the record, or at least a part of it, to his Grandfather. The 
name appears on the records back to the time of the Reformation. 
The name is spelled differently on the records, viz: Kainath, 

COR K KS I'O N D K N C K . 1 •'».'> 

Keinath, Kanat, Keynat, Keinat, Keinadt. These ilifferent 
spellings probably were caused by clerical errors, as the hand 
writing is the same. 

A Jacob Kainath was born in the l'>\.\\ century. 

I attended the funeral of a Jacob Kainath on the day (1.S77). 
I arrived in Winterlingen — he was nO|^ years old ; his brother 
had died in the preceding month, aged 7"), and his wife had died 
several years before. William (Wilhelm) Kainath who is a 
wealthy fur merchant in Philac'elpia, is a son of his. (Cor. Chest- 
nut Street and r2th or l.'Hh Stieet.) 

Yours truly, 

A. Z. KOIXI-R. • 

[Dr. Arthur Z. Koiner, who had risen to great usefulness and 
distinction, beloved on account of his honorable life and genial 
disposition ; admired for his distinguished professional attain- 
ments and splendid talents while living ; and lamented in death 
by his entire city and all who knew him. By his numerous con- 
nections he was yielded as one of their brightest jewels, with 
deep sadness and mourning, whose memory will be long cherished 
as a brilliant example to the rising generations. He died of ac- 
cute kidney disease after a short illness, March 22nd, 18i».S, aged 
38 years, and was buried in the Cemetery at Salem, Roanoke 
County, Virginia. — A. Koiner.] 


Koirier Re-Union. 

\From the Staunton Spectator, October 26, 1892.'} 


^#' • 

Michael and Margaret Koiner— Their Descendants, a Thou- 
sand or More, Assemble at their Graves. 


Mistory of the Family Xraced in Germany and in 

Kmerica from tne. l&tli Century. 

The Day and Ceremonies wiel fill many pages of History. 

More than Tivo Thousand Persons Witness the Unveiling a7id 

Dedicatory Services. 

From away down in past time, beyond the recollection of the 
oldest of the people of this da\^ traditional and written sketches 
were preserved to shed beautiful rays along the way, as the living 
descendants shall now place the records of a large and honored 
family in imperishable history. 

In the county of Augusta first, the Valley of Virginia next, 
and then in almost every State south of Pennsylvania and over 
the broad plains of many Western States, the generations in their 
order of the Koiner family have lived- and now live, illustrating 
the characteristics of good citizenship, and leading in the profes- 


sions, in the ministry, in legislative halls and distinguished in ag- 
riculture. Noted for economy, tlirift and virtue, they are exem- 
plars in moral and religious training, and in dis.scniinatiiig patri- 
otic and sound principles of government. 

In fuller numbers, as they have encircled the location of the 
Lutheran Trinity Church on the eastern liorderof Augusta county, 
where the founder of the family came and planted his home in 
1790, with sons who had previously emigrated from Peimsylvania. 
descendants are to be found as previously stated. 

Moved by the purposes of preparing and transmitting a his- 
tory of the family; of erecting a monument over the graves of their 
first American parents; of unifying into one, if practicable the 
spelling of the name which had become diversified and for other 
objects which can well be thought of, some time since a large num- 
ber of the descendants assembled at Staunton, and organized the 
Michael Koiner Memorial Association. The officers chosen 
were Hon. Absalom Koiner, President; E. T. Coyner Secretar>', 
both of Augusta. The Board of Directors were chosen from those 
residing in Augusta and other counties. The Genealogical com- 
mittee is composed of the president and secretary and Dr. A. Z. 
Koiner of Roanoke. Progressing with all their work, the Directors 
in charge, Hon. Geo. W. Koiner, Capt. C. Benton Coiner. Lieut. 
Elijah Coiner, Marion Koiner, Esq., George A. Koiner, Esq.. Dr. 
A. Z. Koiner, and Dr. L. Philip Coyner, procured the monument 
and fixed upon Wednesday, October 19th, forthe unveiline ot the 
same and for the exercises which will be noted in continuation. 

The present Trinity Church is the third which has been 
built. The first, like the primitive of all our churches as the set- 
tlements commenced, was built of logs. The second of brick as is 
the present neat and comfortable sanctuary. It is on an eminence 
in a lovely gently rolling farming and thickly settled countrv. A 
fine old park of oaks border the location on the east, and to the 
south is the cemetery where lie buried the American ancestors, 
and many of succeeding generations of the family. Koiner's 
Store and the Post-Office of that name is near by, and south-east 
from the cemetery is the location, the farm now owned by Mr. 
Kasper B. Koiner, where the pioneer located in 1790. 

The location is on the Western side of the South River \'al- 
ley, from which the windings of the stream , the course of the 
Shenandoah Valley line of the Norfolk and Western Railroad a'ld 


the grand old heights of the Blue Ridge mountains are in full view. 
Autumn had tinged the forests with a hundred charming tints and 
serene and inspiring nature had drawn from every source of its 
bountiful means to bless the scene. 

L,ong tables were loaded down with every variety and the 
richest of the commissary stores of the family and friends, water 
to quench the thirst was abundantly provided, and not a solitary 
comfort was neglected to care for the more than 2000 of the good 
people there assembled to participate in the interests of the 

The stand was decorated with the American and German 
flags and over it the name of Michael Koiner in large letters. On 
the front encased in glass frame was a deed of conveyance of land 
from Michael Koiner and Margaret Koiner his wife, to George 
Sleagel (who was their son-in-law) of 12 acres of land for 30 
pounds, dated December 24, 1790. 

To the left of the stand was the organ and choir composed as 
follows : Director — M. L. I,eonard ; organist — F. Schroeder, of 
Indiana; sopranos — Mrs. V. C. Hamilton and Misses I^ena Miller, 
Bertie Koiner and Bessie Leonard ; altos — Mesdames G. K. Koi- 
ner, and A. S. Koiner ; tenors — G. W. Drake, of Loudoun coun- 
ty, J. W. Spitler of Spring Hill, and D. E. Leonard and A. Sid- 
ney Koiner ; bassos — Captain C. B. Coiner, J. M. Leonard, 
Stuart Freed and Samuel Bell. 

The front page of the published programme reads "Pro- 
gramme of the Michael Koiner Memorial Exercises and Family 
Reunion, October 19th, 1892." 

The stand was occupied by Hon. Absalom Koiner, president 
and others of the Association, and thus was all things in readi- 
ness, when the presiding officer briefly announced the time to pro- 
ceed with the execution of the 


Part 1. 

1st. Chorus — Creation — Verdi. 
2nd. Prayer — Rev. J. S. Koiner. 
3rd. Address of Welcome. 

To this feature of the occasion Hon. G. Wellington Koiner 
of Augusta County and at present a member of the Legislature of 


Virginia, was assigned. In introducing him the President stated 
that "he was the son of Cyrus, llie son of (jeorge, the son 
George Michael, the son of Michael, the great progenitor ijf our 
family in Anierca." 

The welcome words were chaste and beautifully expressed 
and indicated in the beginning the many pleasant scenes that were 
to flow from the reunion of the family and the event of the day. 

4th. Kchoes, by V. C. Taylor : 

"Still the Angel stars arc shining, 

Still the ripling waters flow. 
But the Angel voice is silent 

That I heard here long ago." 

5th. Poem by Hon. Luther Koiner of San Diego, Texas, 
who was absent in consequence of the death ot his mother, was 
read by Mrs. Virginia C. Hamilton, (who was a Koyner from Au- 
gusta) of Kearney, Nebraska. Her son, Hon. John H. Hamilton, 
a distinguished young man, had been appointed to read it instead 
of the author, but he also could not be present. Mrs. Hamilton's 
rendering of it called forth very great praise. 

The author sketches the services of Michael and his several 
sons in the war of the Revolution. In charming verse all along 
the eventful times of the family in Pennsylvania and afterwards in 
Virginia, in the progress of their lives including service of the 
sons in the war ot Ksl-J are sketched, including references to 
the family of later and the present times. 

6th. This part was an address of Dr. A. Z. Koiner of Roan- 
oke, a member of the committee on the genealogy of the family. 
It was confined to the history of that portion of the family that 
remained in Germany. 

Some years ago. Dr. Koiner was pursuing the studies apper- 
taining to his profession in Europe and whilst there investigated 
the history of his American ancestor who was born and reared to 
manhood in Germany. He also investigated the history of the 
resident family bringing to light nu:ch that is interesting and in- 
structive to the American family. 




7th was the unveiling address of the President of the Asso- 
ciation, Hon. A. Koiner, who spoke as follows : — 

Dear Kindred : — We stand on sacred ground which has been 
pressed by the feet and watered by the tears of six generations, 
and here have been interred the bodies of many of our ancestors 
and loved ones, chief of whom, are our venerated progenitors, 
Michael and Margaret Koiner. Abraham in tha burial of Sarah, 
and Moses in bringing up the bones of Joseph from Egypt, have 
given us examples of pious reverence for our departed relatives. 

Now in behalf of the Michael Koiner Association, it is my 
pleasant privilege to inviie 5^ou to witness the unveiling of the 
expressive and beautiful monument erected to their memorj' with 
your generous contributions. 

The marble, though cold and silent, is full of meaning and 
eloquent in expressions of filial affection , appreciation of solid 
worth and of true manhood and womanhood. Its unique figure 
is designed to represent the wonderful growth and expansion from 
one parentage, over almost the entire continent — your Reunion 
bears some analogy to the annual assembling of Israel at Jerusa- 
lem — Memorable will it be in the history of the family and its 
connections: — in extent, from ocean to ocean, from the lakes to 
the gulf, embracing the wide continent ; from her towns and 
cities, counties, States and Territories ; from all the honorable 
occupations and professions of our great country, and probably 
without a parallel in the history of the land. We have assembled 
from afar and near to exercise the tenderest sympathy, love and 
emotions of our hearts, that there ma}^ be a sweet union of those 
natural affections which our adorable Creator has planted for our 
happiness in our hearts and minds ; brother for brother, sister for 
sister ; child for parent and parent for child, under the smiling 
Providence of God. 

You have not only assembled to cherish the kindest feelings 
of our nature, but to encourage the cultivation of the noblest aspi- 
rations of the soul — the love of God and the happiness of man. 
This monument is an enduring witness of the fact that your an- 
cestors have performed a noble part in promoting our country and 
our personal welfare. Let our aim be to perfect and adorn that 


which they have wisely lie^^iiii and illustrate in our livc*i the 
beauty and excellence of the Christian virtues. 

Again we invite you to unite with pious hands and lovin>{ 
hearts in dedicating this new moiiunient to their enduring njeuiory 
and by noble deeds and virtuous actions to increase the luster of 
the lessons which it teaches. 

After the delivery of thiio address the tnonunieiU was unveiled 
by Georgia Maslin Coiner, aged three years, daughter of Thomas 
B. Coiner, and the recess for dinner followed. 


During recess the multitude viewed the monument, whid; 
stands on a raised bed of green sward 12x12 feet, 2 feet high. It 
is made of Georgia marble selected for its known durability, and 
supplants the sand-stone slabs with inscriptions in German which 
formerly marked the graves. Then of marble in the following 
measurment, it rises in all 10 feet. Base 5^x5^, ](> inches high. 
Plinth, 4x4, 15 inches high. On its west edge the inscription 
"Koiner" is in large letters on the die upon which rests a globe. 
The die is carved in several of its features. Each of the four faces 
for the lettering are fretted and .wreaths and gothic ornamentation 
adorns the capitol supporting the globe, which is perfect in mould. 
The marble is the same as the shaft but variegated, all else being 
white. The proportion of elevation of the entire monument ap- 
pears too short for the breadth, but that seeming defect is relieved 
as it is approached. The ball or globe is emblematical of the 
history of those who sleep beneath. 


The inscriptions occupy a large space on the die, and are in 
raised gothic letters on fretted surface. A half circle on extended 
straight lines at the bottom, relieve all the interior of lettering on 

all sides. 

On the North side— "Michael Keinadt. Born at Winter- 
lingen, Germany, 1720. Emigrated to America about 1740, and 
to Virginia in 1790. Died November 7th, I7!i(!, aged 77 years." 

South Side— "Margaret, wife of Michael Keinadt, daughter 
of Casper Diller, of Lancaster county, Pa., died November 18, 
.1813, aged 79 years.'" 


West Side — "Erected to the memory of Michael and Margaret 
Koiner, the progenitors of the Koiner family in America, by the 
Michael Koiner Memorial Association, October, 1892." 

East Side — "To attest the filial affection for the ancestors of 
the Koiner family, who are now living in many States of the 
Union, whose names are spelled in various ways, viz : Koiner, 
Kyner, Koyner, Kiner, Coiner and Coyner. 

The hour having arrived for the afternoon or closing of the 
scene the multitude repaired to the stand when 

Part II 

of the programme commenced. 

1st was rendered the Anthem "Great source of being and of 

2nd. The address prepared by Hon. Luther Coyner, of 
Texas, whose absence has been explained, was lead in part by 
Hon. G. Wellington Koiner. It was a beautifully arranged 
tribute of devotion expressive ot the feelings v,7hich animate all 
branches of the family towards one another. 

The President announced the early completion of the history 
to be published embracing all up to the present time and to ap- 
pear by Christmas. 

Then, preceding the benediction by Rev. J. S. Koiner, the 
"Koiner Memorial Hymn" was sung to the tune of the missionary 
hymn — -"From Greenland's Icy Mountains." 


The Koiner clan has gathered 

To praise the Lord on high ; 
For blessings on his people 

A hundred years gone by ; 
The sound from o'er the mountains 

The breeze from o'er the land, 
Tells of this Koiner family. 

Speaks of this happy band. 

We honor Michael Koiner, 

We love him for his fame ; 
Here we raise a monument 

To show we love the name. 
The sons of this blessed family 

Now sing God's praise on high ; 
The glory is our maker's 

The God of earth and sky. 


In honor to our father 

Of a hniidrcd years aj(o, 
Of how the seed he planted 

That we his sons nii^ht sow ; 
A thousand Koincrs knoolin;^ 

On this cemctcrv sod 
Are ofFeriii}^ our praises, 

Upon our knees, to God. 

God prompted Michael Koiiier 

Upon this shore to land ; 
God prompted Marf^arct Dillcr 

To give our sire her hand ; 
God made this nnnie to prosper 

Upon this western shore ; 
He'll gather us in heaven, 

To praise Him evermore. 


The happy remarks of the President before closing the scene, 
one that will long linger in memories of all who witnessed the oc- 
ciirrence of the day, must have sank deep into the hearts of the 
members ot the family. He announced that after the formal end- 
ing of the Reunion, the Memorial Association would hold a ses- 
sion for the transaction of important business pertaining to the 
objects that the organization have in hand for the luturt- . 

The officers of the organization as they stand at present were 
continued, with the addition of a Vice President from each of the 
States of Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, California, Min- 
nesota and Texas. A re-union was provided for the time to be 
determined hereafter, but 18i)7 seemed to be preferred. A com- 
mittee to .be appointed will take up the question of a uniform 
spelling of the name. Acknowledgement was made of the ser- 
vices of the officers, the choir, &c. 

Simon Koiner, 87 years of age, the oldest living member of 
the family was present. He is a grandson of the original Michael. 

It was stated that fifty or more of the family in the aggregate, 
from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana were 

During the ceremonies at the stand the President exhibited to 
view silver buttons that were on the coat worn by George Sleagle 
who married a daughter of the original parents. 


Upon the long tables aggregating 300 feet, and after the mul- 
titude had feasted to fullness, there was left enough of choice food 
to supply a hungry regiment, and yet there were baskets and 
boxes of supplies in waiting to supply more than the 2,000 per- 
sons present, if there had been more lo feed. 




Held October 19th, 1892. 

At the close of the Reunion*and Dedication exercises, a busi- 
ness meeting of the Association was held, the President in the 
chair. The following resolutions were adopted : 

1. That this Michael Koiner Memorial Association be made 

2. That this permanent Association have a Board of 

3. That the present Board of Directors be continued until 
the next Quintennial Reunion in 1897, to-wnt : George W. 
Koiner and C. Benton Coiner, Fishersville, Virginia. Elijah 
Coiner, Marion Koiner and George A. Koiner, Waynesboro, Vir- 
ginia.' Dr. A. Z. Koiner Roanoke, Virginia, and Dr. L. Philip 
Coyner, Spring Creek, Virginia. 

4. That the thanks of the Association be tendered the choir 
w^hich has rendered such excellent service on this occasion. 

5. That a committee be appointed to draft a Consti- 
tution and By-laws for this ^Association, to report at next 
regular Reunion. The personel of the committee is as follows: 
G. W. Koiner, Fishersville, Virginia ; Luther Coyner, San Diego, 
Texas; James H. Koiner, 2004, Sherman Avenue, Omaha, 
Nebraska; William Kyner, Lexington, Ohio; Dr. L. P. Coyner, 
Spring Creek, Va. 

6. That the Board have power to decide the exact date of the 
next Re-union. 

7. That the present President and Secretary be retained. 


8. That the follovYing Vice-Presidents be and are hereby ap 
pointed, viz: Philip Coiner, Lexington, O., for Ohio; Alex. W 
Kyner, Shippensburg, Pa., for Pennsylvania; Luther Coyncr 
San Diego, Texas, for Texas; J. M. Coiner, Palms, Cal., for Cal 
ifornia; Albert G. Coyner, Kendellsville, Ind., for Indiana; C. G 
Slagle, Minneapolis, Minn., for Minnesota; James H. Koiner 
Omaha, Neb., for Nebraska; J. \V. Coiner, Peoria, 111., for Ill- 

9. That a committee be appointed to decide on the expedi- 
ency of uniting on one spelling of the name and to report 
that form of spelling which they deem best. The following 
gentlemen compose the committee: A. Z. Koiner, Roanoke, 
Va.; Elijah Coiner, Waynesboro, Va.; Geo. A. Kyner, Chambers- 
burg, Pa.; John A. Coyner, Austin, Ross County, O.; L. D. Coi- 
ner Colfax, Ind.; J. M. Coyner, Palms, Cal.; Geo. A. Coyner, 
Fishersville, Va.; Thos. B. Coiner, Waynesboro, Va.; L. P. Coy- 
ner, Spring Creek, Rockingham County, Va. 

Meeting then adjourned sine die. 



E. T. Coiner, 




A Tribiate. 

Written, after receiving a circular, showing the formation of 
"The Michael Koiner Memorial Association," in Augusta County, 
Virginia, by Luther, tht; Seventh child of Addison , the Ninth 
child of Martin, the Ninth child of Michael Koiner, the American 
Progenitor, May 10th, 1892. Inscribed to his one thousand, or 
more, cousins in America. 


Near the flow of the Danube river, not far from the noble Rhine, 
Where the golden harvests quiver, came a son of a Koiner line. 

Under the sun and the sky, he frolicked in harmless play, 

Under a watchful eye, the boy grew day by day. 


There too, was a noble mother, gentle, kind and sweet. 
There a sister and a brother, in that grand old Country seat ; 

In that far off German land, lived this earnest Countr}' boy, 
Guided by a father's hand, his hope, his pride, his joy 


This boy grew up a healthy lad, in this far off German land. 

Sought the good and shunned the bad, true in heart and strong in hand. 
Listening to his father state, of a land beyond the sea. 
There he'd go and cast his fate, in that country grand and free. 


At last he grew to manhoods' age, sturdy, strong and full of life, 
Bought a ship the sea to rage, daring danger, facing strife. 

He left his darling mother, his country and his home, 

His sister and his brother, in America to roam. 


From Wurtemburg our haro came, and settled in the land of Penn, 
And America had no grander navjie, no greater had since then ; 

His ship then sunk into the sea, his fortune scattered far and wide, 
Yet Providence had made him free, and strong to weather every tide. 

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At INIillcrslown he cleared the j.^n)un<l, and l)uill himself a happy lionie. 

At New Holland, it is said, he found the male that capped his iiiarriaj^c ilomc. 
Children blessed this noble pair, the dau}^htcrs three, the sons were tcu, 
The daughters grew to women fair, the sons all brave and gallant men. 


Then came a sound of war, from far across the sea, 

The Mother country claimed the right, to put a tax on tea ; 

And in this land of Penn, were the sons of Michael K. 
With noble blood within their veins, were ready for the fray. 


The bugle sounded, "Men to horse," was the cry o'er all the land, 
And the sons of Michael K., went out to join that gallant band ; 

They followed the noble Washington, and shared a soldier's fate, 
And Margaret Koiner's sons came home, of battles to relate. 


There was Adam, Conrad, Michael, sons of a worthy sire, 
Fought for freedom and for honor, not for glory or for hire ; 

And when the smile of Providence, brought peace upon the land. 
The soldiers of the Koiner name, retired to till the land. 


Then came another sound to them, from Virginia's Mountain land, 
That caused a great commotion, among this Koiner band ; 
This land was cheap and fertile, had water cold and clear, 
They could move into this promised land, and never feel a fear. 


The first that moved was Casper, then Adam followed too. 

Then Martin, Philip, Frederic, and Michael so must do; 

Then Christian, John, and Jacob, from the land of Penn did roam, 
And only Conrad there remained, to keep the Penn-land home. 


Also with his noble band of sturdy sons there came 

The father of them all, so great, the first one of the name; 

It was seventeen hundred and eighty-seven, he came into the state, 
And bought a home in Virginia, and with her cast his fate. 


He lived and died in Augusta, 'and lies beneath her sod, 

A noble, peaceful citizen, his spirit with his God; 

He had lived an honest, useful Hie, more than three score years and ten: 
He was loved by all his neighbors, and honored by all men. 



To recount all his virtues here, is more than I can do, 
He was friendly to his neighbors, to his State was always true; 
He was gentle, without weakness, brave without being rash. 
Sowed the purest seeds of wisdom, separate from the tares and trash. 


He loved the "Old Dominion," his last adopted State, 
He loved the name of Washington, so wise, so good, so great; 
He loved America, his home, her hills and mountains grand. 
And these he loved so faithfully, are loved by all his band. 


Some say we know but little of this grand old patriot brave, 
But that he lived in Old Augusta, and lies buried in a grave; 

Stand back ! short-sighted stranger, what about this mighty host. 
Scattered over this broad nation, ever ready at their post. 


From the great Atlantic Ocean, to the smooth Pacific's shore. 
From the mountains of Old Virginia to the Rio Grande's roar; 
On the banks of the Ohio, on the plains of Illinois, 
In sight of the great Pikes Peak, where the American eaglets poise. 


Take alone dear Old Virginia, leaving all the balance out, 
Take alone dear old Augusta, and cast your eyes about; 

See you not, short-sighted stranger, how this mighty tree has grown? 

Can you not repeat with me then, "By our fruits we all are known"? 


We know that Michael K., was brave, because his sons were so. 
We know that Michael's sons were brave, because they faced the foe; 
We know that Michael's grandsons were brave as they were true, 
For they shed their blood for freedom, and laid their lives down too. 


We know that Margaret K., was good, because her daughters were. 
This rule has come straight-down to us, and shiner, out bright and clea.-; 
No better soldiers ever drew, a sword in any strife, 
No better citizens can be found within our civil life. 


They followed the noble Washington and share his glory now. 
In the war of eighteen hundred and twelve, they gladlj' left the plow; 
They followed Lee and Jackson, all honor to their name. 
And history will record this fact, to their glor}- and their fame. 



A hundred Koiiicrs live to-day, a luindrcd come and j^o, 
A hundred till this great old Earth, and wander to and'fro: 

A hundred Koiners join the song, for peace in this hroad land, 
From the mountains in Virginia, to the river Rio Grande. 


Their lives o'er all this glorious land are happy bright and free. 
Their hearts are full of music now, o'er valley, hill and lea ; 

In this land of love and chivalry, no matter where or when, 
They are first in peace and war, among the sons of men. 


With gentle hearts in time of peace, in war they're steady, strong. 
And though they're first in charity, they'll frown upon a wrong ; 

There are many men in time of peace, who arc silent as the grave. 
But insult their home or Country, they are gallant, strong and brave. 


If you don't think a Koiner'll fight, first put him in the van, 
In one Company in the Civil War, there were ten Koiners to the man ; 
And not a single one of them, but shed his noble blood, 
Which flowed out for his country, in that awful civil flood. 


There were Koiners followed Ashby, there were those who followed Lee. 

There were those who followed Jackson, in the struggle to be free ; 

There are men who dare to blame them, for what they thought was right, 
There are men who call them traitors, for their duty in this fight. 


If Washington was a traitor, m his effort to be free, 

So, too, was Stonewall Jackson, so was the immortal Lee; 

So was Sir William Wallace, who for Scotland, lost his life. 
So was William Tell a traitor, fighting for his home and wife. 


No, they'll never be called traitors, by those who love the right. 
By those who love true charity, or view with reason's sight ; 

Or so long as Virginia's Mountains, o'er their graves their vigils keep. 
And her noble Shenandoah rushes down the mountains steep. 


Where's the father who fought with Jackson? where's the son who fought 

with Lee ? 
Where's the mother who prayed for Liberty? or the sister to be free ? 

Where are husbands, wives, and daughters ? who served their native State r 
Where are lovers, friends and sweethearts, parted by the garden gale ? 
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Some have passed beyond the river, and "sleep beneath the trees," 
Some are nearing now the border, gently wafted by the breeze; 
Some are only waiting, watching, for the bugle on the shoie. 
To be called to meet their captain, and to join that happy corps. 


It has been said that it would take a hundred years or more. 

For any man to become great, in song and story lore; 

But in the case of Michael K., though great his memory now, 
His greatness told in everything, in sword, in anvil, plow. 


Of this father of this goodly race, many stories are told, 
They are told in acts of chivalry, and written in letters of gold; 
They are living, walking stories, shown in every noble son. 
Some of these will soon be ended, there are some that's just begun. 


The mother of this sturdy band, still moves a shining light. 

Her daughters living come and go, the stars ne'er shone more bright; 

As mothers they tell the story, as wives, are gentle true, 

They never fail at duty's call, or liberty to imbue. 


The same God of Michael Koiner blesses his decendants here. 
The same sun upon their harvests shines down from year to year; 
The stars of Heaven twinkle on, at night, the same old moon. 
The seasons come and go, as then, the blessings just as soon. 


We'll sing a song to Michael K. , and to his noble wife. 

She loved him for himself alone, and followed him through life ; 

Here let him rest where now he lies, here, too, his worthy dame, 
But in honor to them raise a stone, to signify their fame. 


Then to this brave old pioneer, a monument we'll raise. 
Who calmy sleeps beneath the sod, in token of our praise; 
For nearly one hundred years, he's rested here in peace. 
And though his body's in the Earth, his memory ne'er shall cease. 


And here besides him rests his wife, as good and fully great. 
She loved him too, while living, and dying shares his fate; 

The dews of many, many years, have wet the graves o'er-head; 

Though cold and silent they lie here, yet their memory's not dead. 

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An hundred coming after him, have honored, loved his name, 
A.n hundred more to come will do and say the .very same; 
They read the same old Bible, this pioneer read, 
They lead the same true, honest, lives, this pioneer letl. 


So hundreds that will come and go, from o'er this wide, wide land, 
Will tell to children on their knees of Michael Koiner's band; 
Of how the children of this sire, with single intent moved, 
Erected here a monument, to one they honored, loved. 


How from the Gult of Mexico, from the Atlantic ocean's roar. 
From the Rocky Mountains high, from the Pacific's placid shore, 
From the plains of Illinois, from the river Rio Grande, 
Come this mighty race of people, from over all this wide, wide land. 


Come to show their honor for him, come to look upon his grave. 
Come to raise a stone above him, come to show that they were brave; 

Come to see a patriarch's tomb, help to carve his deathless name. 

Come to raise a monument, to show his never dying fame. 


We'll sing of these when far away, if e'er we chance to roam. 
We'll sing of these to children, around each happy home; 

We'll tell of these many virtues, we'll tell too, of their fame. 
And how we erected a monument, in honor of their name.